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Dobe sir I wish I could see your posts in this thread but we block all facebook assets everywhere and it looks like that's where your pics are hosted. Which BTW lets facebook know everyone who's visiting this page.
 

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I dont ever recall having a facebook page, nor giving facebook permission to track me in any way shape or form. How is that even legal?
 

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I dont ever recall having a facebook page, nor giving facebook permission to track me in any way shape or form. How is that even legal?
Websites reference other websites. Most websites these days use third party libraries (code for all the 'cool' features like a rich text editor for forum posting), third party advertising (because all this stuff does cost money, and few are in this for charity), or third party content such as users embedding in this case pictures from Facebook. So when you ask your web browser on your phone or computer to access this forum thread, part of the response is links to third parties that your browser then fetches automatically on your behalf to get all the functionality, content, advertisements, tracking crap, and in worst cases malicious software (not saying that last one happens here, but some of the activity when I'm not in my enclave is borderline). Those third parties who serve up the content your web browser requests because the site you visited (e.g. this page you're reading) references them, they get to see your IP address (which if at home is pseudo-linked to your household), maybe some cookies (which may be distinctly linked to you personally), unique browser identity (which, particularly with Chrome, may be linked distinctly to you), and potentially (used to be always, then went dark, now becoming the norm again) the very specific page you were viewing when those assets were loaded. Through these means Google and Facebook and many other companies most of us have never heard of have near complete records of everything we're interested in, our behavior patterns etc. And that information is bought and sold to anyone who will pay for it by these third parties. This is the business model of the internet (including Facebook and Google). If you're using a service, for example this forum, and you didn't pay for it, you can very safely assume that you are not the Customer, you are the Product.

If we look at this assuming best intentions, it's all about advertising and retailers wanting to hock the wares on you that you actually want to buy. But your behavior is for sale to all bidders, and some of those will be nation states of arguable and variable-over-time hostility, political parties, special interests, and anyone else who has the will, the money and the idea to pay for it.

It was almost a decade ago that creative and wealthy retailers started linking facial recognition with mobile phone identifiers to link you as a physical shopper to your online identity and interests.

Facebook SHOULD be paying you for every Like you do on their service. Because they sure are getting paid each time you Like something. However little you think that data is worth, others will pay for with the intention to exploit it.
 
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While I'm on a rant ...

This is part of why social media is so wildly dangerous to participate in, regarding relationships etc. You are friends with or Like a post by someone on facebook for example. You dont have control who that person is friends with or what they Like. They may friend a third party unknowingly who is involved, or just appears to be involved, with something that say a powerful entity like federal law enforcement is interested in. Let's say theoretically QAnon is declared an enemy of the state, and Dobe is linking something from a QAnon facebook account. As correct or incorrect as the assessment of the account and the affiliation of the account may be, we get on The List.

Arguments that "my IP address is not unique" assumes that the internet service providers are not also willing to sell our information. Evidence is to the contrary and though they thankfully were late to the game, ATT and Comcast have been trying to get there ASAP and when you see Google offering Gig Fiber for less than your current bill at much lower speed ... Guess Why!! Because they make more money off you regardless selling all your behavior. ATT even had an option a year ago to pay more per month to Not have all your data mined and sold when using their competing fiber product.

The approach of a third-party "VPN" assumes the same - that this all-knowing third party for some reason is going to be uniquely altruistic I believe is a misunderstanding of how the technology works and that all you are doing is moving the problem and putting all your trust into a third party that you likely have no reasonable basis to trust more than Google or Facebook.

The common sense of hope here is that the amount of data is So vast that you might get to hide in plain sight. But I suggest looking up who the five most profitable companies in our nation are and extrapolating from there, and going back to surveillance/advertising being their primary business model, and you too might find that idea also to be optimistically naive...
 
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So all that time I spend on Pornhub? They know about it? Damn. Im going to have to break out the old VHS player from now on!! heheh LOL
 

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So all that time I spend on Pornhub? They know about it? Damn. Im going to have to break out the old VHS player from now on!! heheh LOL
Yes? That data is being sold
 

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Dobe sir I wish I could see your posts in this thread but we block all facebook assets everywhere and it looks like that's where your pics are hosted. Which BTW lets facebook know everyone who's visiting this page.
Are you the only one who cannot see my post? Others can, I assume, or perhaps not

If I download memes to my phone, and upload them here, are those memes linked to FB?

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Are you the only one who cannot see my post? Others can, I assume, or perhaps not

If I download memes to my phone, and upload them here, are those memes linked to FB?

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Hey Dobe, yes probably just me that can't see them. But I think what you suggest would be better practice for everyone's privacy. I know it's a PITA and understand & respect if you don't choose to.

Alright - my error getting us back off topic - resume the imagery!
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This is really high.



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Is that supposed to be a young Mike Obama?
 
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