Sign this thank you to let Apple know consumers are eagerly anticipating anti-tracking protection

Via Mozilla

In 2019, Mozilla called on Apple to increase user privacy by automatically resetting the Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA) on iPhones. The IDFA lets advertisers track the actions users take when they use apps – kind of like a salesperson that follows you from store to store while you shop, recording every item you look at. Creepy, right?

Early 2020, Apple went even further than what Mozilla supporters had asked for when it announced that it will give consumers the option to opt-out of tracking in each app, essentially turning off IDFA and giving millions of consumers more privacy online. Apple’s announcement also made a loud statement: mass data collection and invasive advertising don’t have to be the norm online.

Unfortunately, as you might imagine, a lot of advertisers, notably Facebook, were not happy with Apple. Facebook, which uses IDFA to track users’ activity across different apps and match them to advertising profiles, says that its advertising partners will be hit hard by this change.

​I just added my name to make sure that Apple knows we want the strongest possible anti-tracking features on iPhone.

Learn more about this issue from Mozilla and join me in signing:
https://foundation.mozilla.org/campaigns/apples-anti-tracking-plans-iphone/

Some positive ocean news as governments pledge to end overfishing and more

Governments responsible for 40% of the world’s coastlines have pledged to end overfishing, restore dwindling fish populations and stop the flow of plastic pollution into the seas in the next 10 years.

Via The Guardian (link below)

This is really positive and good news. But more needs to be done and quicker. The facts are that managing the oceans sustainably and respecting the amazing ecosystem that is trying to survive our onslaught, is not only good for humans, it’s good business too. So politicians (around the world), stop pandering to your corporate sponsors who care only about profit today and not food and thriving, beautiful oceans for your people tomorrow.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/02/global-sustainable-fishing-initiative-agreed-by-14-countries

If you using Zoom – rather don’t

Update 03/12: The security issues mentioned below are resolved. “But what else is not?”, is the question you should ask. Also added link to free, no application, no account needed Skype service that runs in your browser. Now you have no excuse.

Public service announcement…

“Why should I not use Zoom? It’s so cool and everyone is using it……”

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/04/security_and_pr_1.html

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/04/01/zoom_spotlight/

OK what should I do?

Stick with tried and tested companies, we know where stand with them. They not perfect but at least you know what is going on.

Skype (Microsoft) – https://www.skype.com
No application needed link: https://www.skype.com/en/free-conference-call/

Google Meet/Hangouts –
https://meet.google.com/

Microsoft Teams – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/microsoft-teams/free

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