New episode: Karolina Iwańska is a lawyer at Panoptykon Foundation and has been leading their investigation into the online advertising industry’s practices related to protection and .


Karolina has written and published a report 'To track or not to track? Towards privacy-friendly and sustainable online advertising' which examines alternatives to the dominant behavioural advertising model and developing policy recommendations aimed at promoting privacy-friendly funding models for online publishers.

Although these issues might seems quite EU focused we've already seen other parts of the world adopting aspects of GDPR locally so I think much of what is discussed is relevant to people living outside the EU. Major EU legislation could cause serious damage to firms pushing if done right

PS - I live in the UK now outside the EU :(

While organisations like Panoptykon Foundation exist there is hope of pushing back the likes of Google and Facebook from their relentless attacks on democracies and our communities.

They have an English website worth checking out

Panoptykon Foundation was founded by a group of lawyers in Poland to protect fundamental rights and freedoms in the context of fast-changing technologies and growing surveillance.

Seems that link must be broken New report: To track or not to track? Towards privacy-friendly and sustainable online advertising thanks for flagging @michel_slm

@jamesmullarkey Facebook hates it, of course. Look at their PR offensive today 'on behalf of small businesses' against iOS 14's restrictions on #adtech

As if it's ok to violate privacy if it benefits small businesses (which sounds like "middle class tax cuts"

Disclaimer: personal opinion only


Not sure where you are based but I have quite a large banner as soon as I land on that page ironically. Tracking seems to already be switched on before I have accepted/not

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@jamesmullarkey ah, I am in the US but that could be a bug in the GDPR opt in for EU users. Report that as a privacy violation?

I never browse Big Tech sites without Firefox and either specialized containers (FB, Goog, Amazon, Twitter, Reddit) or Temporary Containers

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