psychotic disorders of (few) web market operators and privacy less valued than pizza

Duncan dguthrie at
Sun Nov 26 00:35:00 UTC 2017

Hi Giovanni,

I do not think it's appropriate to speculate on the mental health of
people you politically disagree with.


Giovanni Biscuolo:
> Hi all,
> I just discovered this study from "Freedom to tinker" [1] that clearly
> shows
> clinic evidence of psychotic disorders by few web market operators who
> pretend to track every single bit of users data with a new "technology"
> called "session replay scripts":
> «These scripts record your keystrokes, mouse movements, and scrolling
> behavior, along with the entire contents of the pages you visit, and send
> them to third-party servers. Unlike typical analytics services that provide
> aggregate statistics, these scripts are intended for the recording and
> playback of individual browsing sessions, as if someone is looking over
> your
> shoulder.»
> in some cases passwords are included in session recordings
> I'm always astonished by the fantasy _and_ resources some group of people
> is willing to invest to try to control users
> apart from the clinical evidences, this also clearly shows that GDPR [2] -
> that I *really* appreciate - will be as easily circumvented as the European
> Union's net-neutrality rules _are_ circumvented [3]; this is why I agree
> with #youbroketheinternet [4] folks that _both_ "net neutrality" and "no
> massive surveillance market" can be achieved with and _only_ with a GNU
> Internet, aka a free Internet *by design* (please do _not_ consider the web
> as the whole Internet, as some unfortunately tend to do)
> my conviction is stronger after I read of another working paper [5]
> co-authored from a Stanford senior fellow that shows that privacy tends to
> take a backseat to convenience and can easily get tossed out the window for
> a reward as simple as free pizza
> please consider that I *suspect* that this state of mind is also valid if
> you think about user data "leaked" from our computing devices, not "just"
> the web
> <joke>
> I'm addicted to pizza and **they know* that! so  if they promise to give me
> a pizza I'll let them track any data they want about me without making any
> question... where's my pizza?!? :-D
> </joke>
> ciao
> Giovanni
> [1] hosted by Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy
> [2]
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> [4]
> [5]
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