FCC won’t force Google and Facebook to stop tracking you

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I quite Facebook over a year ago and don’t miss it one bit. And I stay far, far away from Google.
NY Post: US regulators rejected an effort on Friday to force Google, Facebook and other popular websites to honor “Do Not Track” requests from users, in a setback for digital privacy advocates. The FCC dismissed a petition that would have required Internet giants to let consumers opt out of having their online activity tracked.
The FCC said it “has been unequivocal in declaring that it has no intent to regulate edge providers,” or companies that provide content and services over the Internet. Yet you have to wonder what their (the government’s) true intentions are given that they must be aware of Facebook’s policy which allows third parties (themselves) like the CIA, FBI, NSA etc. to collect information from your computer, phones and other devices where you access Facebook.
You would think that you could submit a “Do Not Track” request to tell a website not to collect information and some web sites do honor “Do Not Track” requests, but doing so is largely voluntary.
The Consumer Watchdog group is on top of this fight.  “It’s outrageous that users of Google and Facebook, which has a billion users, won’t have the same online privacy protections as AT&T and Verizon,” Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, told Reuters. Court said his group may file for reconsideration before the FCC, and that it would continue to seek Do Not Track legislation in Congress.

Two peas in a pod...

Two peas in a pod…

As the government’s top consumer protection body, you’d think the FCC would protect consumer rights. Yet it’s apparent that Facebook and Google are working with the government to massively spy on American and foreign citizens.
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0 responses to “FCC won’t force Google and Facebook to stop tracking you

  1. Same here, no fb, and never use google. ..we ain’t seen nothing yet, this sleeper in office is the destruction of not just America, but the planet. All politicians are the problem now. Maybe Cruz, legit, the rest, part of the problem. None appear to have isues with fcc.

  2. Of course the FCC refuses to command Google and FB to stop tracking us. After all, the FCC is part of the federal government whose NSA tracks everybody — every phone call, every email, every piece of snail mail, and every credit transaction!

  3. Although I do not post on my FB page with the frequency I used to, I keep my page open and check in on it daily. I have found FB to be a great learning tool: I have learned of and bookmarked literally THOUSANDS of websites I never would have learned of otherwise.
    I have only met a couple of my FB friends who are outside of my family. No matter: It is essential for me to know that other people are out there, and that they agree or disagree with me on certain things. Even though I am not that good with people personally, beyond a certain point, it is necessary for me to know that I CAN feel sympatico with someone!
    That being said, we are living in the Age that Aldous Huxley predicted and Zbigniew Brzyznski announced: The Age of Technocracy. They have finally produced the technology that is able to track us all. MAKE NO MISTAKE: THE MARK OF THE BEAST IS COMING. There is nothing we can do about that.
    So let us make use of this technology while we have it, and use it for God’s Ends. All is not gloom and doom. If we don’t connect with people now, we will not be able to connect with them later. We have God’s Word that the Devil and his goons shall lose in the end. Aldous Huxley is dead, and all these eugenicists will eventually be dead themselves. Let’s make use of this technology before the EMP hits! (And Who Knows? There’s at least one Leftist out there who will get our message!)

    • “So let us make use of this technology while we have it, and use it for God’s Ends.”
      Ditto! Like television, Facebook is a medium and tool that in itself is not evil. It all depends on how we use it!

  4. Great article DCG!
    Facebook’s finger prints were all over the “spontaneous uprising” called the Arab Spring. Even down to the placards held by the protestors that were IN ENGLISH, and nearly identical to Occupy Wall Street.
    I use Facebook for a number of reasons, but have to pull back from politics. If Facebook wants to spy on me, then it can record a boatload of me preaching Christ. Their listening ears make them my captive audience.

  5. For those readers who wnat to have google-like results, but without bothering with google itself, there is startpage.com (from the same people who run the metasearch engine ixquick.com) and there is also duckduckgo.com. As far as “failbook” is concerned, there are options as well… Diaspora, Ello, (although invested in by venture capitalists) Nextdoor.com, and possibly rallypoint.com (for military apparently) may be alternatives. However as with anything “social” expect intelligence spook or fedstapo fingers to be in them at some point, the data-mine potential for all such networks is too big of a prize to overlook, and such folks should always try to data-mine the company before they bother joining (the alt thigns mentioned here are no exception.)

    • Alas, Seumas, even the anonymous search engines you reference are no guarantees, as shown by the recent news that the FBI used Carnegie Mellon researchers to de-anonymize the users of Tor, an online tool that supposedly enables people to browse the Internet anonymously.

      • It wasn’t too hard for them to do, either: The Defense Dept. developed TOR, from what I heard.

      • Indeed, assuming it wasn’t broken from the beginning, per what Steven says. (I have also heard what he has, also The state department and the Navy have made, and continue to make, donations to the TOR project, apparently, I doubt they’d be that willing to give cash grants if they weren’t expecting something in “return”.)
        Given the internet is basically one big data-mine though, true anonymity seems to be impossible given the existing model, and that is omitting the factor of compromised hardware (IE cisco routers being sent to an NSA shop to have spy devices hard-wired into them, USB cords with hard tracking built in under the logo panel on the plug, etc.) and lest we forget cases in the past of malware being sponsored by the government (norton antivirus and the “magic lantern” debacle) mal-hardware at ISPs (ye olde “carnivore”.) there really doesn’t appear to be many options even in regards to pseudo-anonymity on the ‘net, and its getting to be less all the time.
        Even if Software were to be secured, the constant push to update this or that, with threat of fear and technological woes if such is not done, would probably compromise that security in short order with the update. This doesn’t mean we should just give up without a fight, though. Getting rid of flash and java helps, as does disabling CSS for web pages, and blocking all third party cookies, blocking certain images from certain sites (IE “beacons”), as well as blocking one’s HTTP referrer, and changing the User Agent string from time to time, assuming the browser used “lets” you do these things, that is… oh yeah and cleaning cache and cookies regularly as well. Disposable e-mail addresses are also helpful.


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