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How to Opt Out of Facebook’s Creepy New Targeted Ads
Gizmodo ^ | March 9, 2013 | Rainey Reitman

Posted on 03/09/2013 3:38:47 PM PST by Defiant

Facebook has announced that it's teaming up with four of the world's largest corporate data brokers to "enhance" the ad experience for users. Datalogix, Epsilon, Acxiom, and BlueKai obtain information gathered about users through online means (such as through cookies when users surf the web) as well as through offline means (such as through loyalty cards at supermarkets and product warranty cards). Through the new relationship with Facebook, companies will be able to display advertisements to Facebook users based on data that these data brokers have on individuals.

Here's how to stop them.

(Excerpt) Read more at gizmodo.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Society
KEYWORDS: acxiom; bluekai; datalogix; epsilon; facebook
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The problem with the opt-outs in this article is that you have to give your name, address and emails to the companies that mine your data. I understand that Facebook has to make money, but the invasion of privacy is becoming too much. There is no option on Facebook to opt out, nor is there an option to pay and avoid being targeted. The end result is, I think, that Facebook will ultimately fail. Teens are going to methods that allow them to communicate directly, like Instagram and SnapChat, and old folks will get more and more turned off by the advertising and interference with their socializing.
1 posted on 03/09/2013 3:38:47 PM PST by Defiant
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To: Defiant

Don’t use Facebook....


2 posted on 03/09/2013 3:42:12 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Defiant

ZA hasa neat functioncalled ‘Fo Not Tracl” that is like a tiny miracle in theworld of things andstiff. It even tells you who is ATTEMPTING to track you. For FR, it says “Clear skies! No tracking found here.”

“118 Companies blocked from tracking you since install
We’ve blocked them tracking your browsing habits 6,296 times.”
And it names them:
[x+1] .Adap.TV .Adblade .AddThis .AddToAny .AdMeld .AdNexus .Adroll .AdTech .Advertising.com .Aperture .Baynote .Bing .BlueKai .BlueLithium .Brilig .Casale Media .ChartBeat .Chitika .Clickability .Clicktale .Clicky .CNET Tracking .Collective Media .Comscore Beacon .ContextWeb .CoreMetrics .CrazyEgg .Criteo .CrowdScience .Demandbase .Demdex .Disqus .Doubleclick .Effective Measure .Ensighten .Evidon .eXelate .Exponential .FreeWheel .Gigya .Gomez .Google +1 .Google Adsense .Google Adwords Conversion .Gravatar .Gravity .Hellobar .InfoLinks .InsightExpress .InterClick .Invite Media .iPerceptions .Kiss Metrics .Krux Digital .LinkedIn .Lotame .Marin Software .MarketGID .Media Innovation Group .Media6 Degrees .MediaMath .MediaMind .MediaPlex .Meebo .Microsoft Atlas .MSN Ads .NDN .Netratings Site Census .New Relic .NewsRight .NextAction .Omniture .OpenAds .OpenX .Optimizely .OutBrain .Parse.ly .PO.ST .PointRoll .Pubmatic .Quantcast .Quigo Adsonar .RadiumOne .RapLeaf .Real Media .Revenue Science .RightMedia .Rubicon Project .SafeCount .Salesforce .ShareThis .SiteMeter .SiteScout .SkimLinks .SpecificClick .StatCounter .Taboola .Tacoda .TARGUSinfo AdAdvisor .Test and Target .Torbit Insight .Turn .Twitter Badge .Tynt Tracer .Typekit .Undertone Networks .ValueClick .Vibrant Ads .VigLink .VisualRevenue .Vizu .Webtrends .Wordpress Stats .WorldNow .Yadro .Yahoo Web Analytics .Zedo .. .


3 posted on 03/09/2013 3:49:30 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: illiac

I don’t. Call me old, but I think ‘social media’ like Facebook, Myspace etc. are a fad that will end up hurting a lot of the people involved. Future employment checking out what you’ve written, companies building profiles of you for targeted advertising spam, etc. I can always rely on FreeRepublic however.


4 posted on 03/09/2013 3:51:54 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: MestaMachine

Let’s try this again...WOW!
ZA has a neat function called “Do Not Track” that is like a tiny miracle in the world of things and stuff.
(That’s a little more comprehensible...I hope.)


5 posted on 03/09/2013 3:53:41 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: Defiant

BUMP!

Facebook is evil. This is just another example.


6 posted on 03/09/2013 3:56:13 PM PST by upchuck (Waiting, hoping, begging for the straw. Time to bring pent up frustration to fruition.)
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To: MestaMachine

LOL. I was beginning to wonder about you! Do you have a link to them, or their web address? Would love to check it out. Thanks.


7 posted on 03/09/2013 3:58:22 PM PST by deoetdoctrinae (The Old White Flag Republicans can go straight to He// and take their pal Obama with them!)
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To: Defiant
Yesterday, in the right column of my Facebook, there was a little ad-like thing that said (not real name), "Xxx Yyy used Walgreens", with a little Walgreens logo. The real person signified by "Xxx Yyy" is the brother of a colleague/friend of mine.

So, with no work on either his or my part, I learned that he had recently visited Walgreens drug store. Clearly he needs to update his privacy settings, but this is creepy.

8 posted on 03/09/2013 3:58:27 PM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: Defiant

I’m on FB but when I get one of those ads, I just report it as spam and I know many others who do the same. Sorry for the legitimate advertisers, sort of, but if they don’t want to be reported as spam, then maybe they should take it up with FB.


9 posted on 03/09/2013 3:58:44 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: MestaMachine

Firefox has an add-on called TrackerChoice PrivacyBlock that does an excellent job of foiling the trackers.

We need all the help we can get. This is a war.


10 posted on 03/09/2013 4:00:39 PM PST by upchuck (Waiting, hoping, begging for the straw. Time to bring pent up frustration to fruition.)
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To: MestaMachine

I figured you were drunk.


11 posted on 03/09/2013 4:03:49 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Defiant

Even at my age I like to think I am tech savvy. I Tweet, etc. But I don’t think they could pay me enough to use Facebook.


12 posted on 03/09/2013 4:06:50 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: illiac

I knew we would get posts that say that. Didn’t take long.


13 posted on 03/09/2013 4:09:18 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Defiant

I always know when I’m getting targeted ads because they’ll be in Spanish. That means they’ve followed my Google activity and found I was searching for music for my Spanish choir.

It resets to “neutral” if I clear all cookies, but then I have to log back into everything like FR and Weight Watchers.


14 posted on 03/09/2013 4:12:05 PM PST by Tax-chick (Don't panic until Rrrod panics.)
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To: RIghtwardHo

There are a lot of good ways to use Facebook, and a lot of good connections that are maintained through it that previously you did not have the ability to keep. However, it is clear that the people that run it have no respect for privacy interests, and they are looking to monetize their creation in any way they can. I understand your sentiment, but for now, I am enjoying most aspects of Facebook, while being very careful what I put there and what can be seen by the public. At some point, it may become not worth the constant battle with Facebook’s settings. Opinions may vary on that, but I never put anything on there that I wouldn’t want to be revealed to the world in the likely event that Facebook screws all of us at some point. The problem is, most people using Facebook don’t guard their privacy, and don’t know what Facebook is doing with their data as they willy-nilly post their most minute details.


15 posted on 03/09/2013 4:16:06 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: MestaMachine

Bttt


16 posted on 03/09/2013 4:18:08 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: MestaMachine

Abine has a program/add-on that works with Firefox and IE browsers — Do Not Track.

I have been using it for several months. It works in the background to block many of the common tracking sites.

http://abine.com/products.php


17 posted on 03/09/2013 4:18:26 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: deoetdoctrinae

http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-extreme-security.htm

I got mine on special for $29.95. Been using ZA for years.


18 posted on 03/09/2013 4:19:55 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: Fast Moving Angel

That’s a good idea.


19 posted on 03/09/2013 4:20:46 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: MestaMachine

20 posted on 03/09/2013 4:21:11 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: TomGuy

But ZA uses Abine and the price is FAR lower, plus you get the entire ZA suite.


21 posted on 03/09/2013 4:22:29 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: upchuck

22 posted on 03/09/2013 4:25:08 PM PST by mikrofon (Mining your own business...)
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To: Defiant

Nothing like a good old “enhanced ad experience”. ROTFL! Fools.


23 posted on 03/09/2013 4:25:20 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Progressive, Marxist liberals do not evolve, they morph into fascists.)
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To: Viennacon

Think of how many teenagers are going to be haunted by what they have posted on social media when they are adults looking for jobs.


24 posted on 03/09/2013 4:28:06 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Last Dakotan

I don’t drink, but I type in the dark and sometimes....if the keyboard shifts position even a little, I screw up and then, if I don’t check the prepost, like I didn’t, well, you see how it goes.
Add to that I am dyslexic and double rhe whammy.


25 posted on 03/09/2013 4:28:32 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: TomGuy

ZA also has a privacy test for facebook, but I don’t do facebook so I don’t know how good it is.


26 posted on 03/09/2013 4:35:29 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: Defiant

I go out of my way TO NOT BUY ANYTHING from an internet advertiser... why? encourage it..

Already You Tube is making their site less useful because of them..
VIMEO is better much better but still afflicted.. with ads..

Unless there is only one source for “whatever” internet ads should be “SHUNNED”...


27 posted on 03/09/2013 4:37:42 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: mikrofon
Most excellent. Thanks!

I will not be.

28 posted on 03/09/2013 4:39:01 PM PST by upchuck (Waiting, hoping, begging for the straw. Time to bring pent up frustration to fruition.)
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To: upchuck

You vill! Don’ be schtoopit!


29 posted on 03/09/2013 5:03:48 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Tax-chick
I always know when I’m getting targeted ads because they’ll be in Spanish. That means they’ve followed my Google activity and found I was searching for music for my Spanish choir.

That's not accurate. I get ads in Spanish too, and I have never ever searched for anything remotely pertaining to Spanish language, culture, music, anything.

30 posted on 03/09/2013 5:20:56 PM PST by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Tax-chick

All of my advertisements are for small, fast, fairly cheap foreign cars. Occasionally I also get a BMW advertisement or one for a Dodge Challenger.


31 posted on 03/09/2013 5:48:32 PM PST by Anoreth (It's not a great party until someone loses rank.)
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To: cradle of freedom
Think of how many teenagers are going to be haunted by what they have posted on social media when they are adults looking for jobs.

I used to interview a lot of college students seeking employment with a major corporation. Back in 05/06 when FB was supposedly available only to .edu email addresses, we had corporate hacks into it.

It was a lot of fun to ask these kids about some of the pics and stuff they had posted.

32 posted on 03/09/2013 5:55:15 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: MestaMachine
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33 posted on 03/09/2013 6:06:35 PM PST by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: Defiant

I don’t find well targeted ads creepy, I find them useful.


34 posted on 03/09/2013 6:08:08 PM PST by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: Defiant

I fell for one of those ads recently and wonder now how it will affect me. I thought I was getting a free meal at Cracker Barrel. They asked for my name and cell phone number. Too late did I realize that the ad had nothing to do with Cracker Barrel! It had to do with RIVILI or RIVIL or something like that. It was on Facebook. I am afraid now that I gave them something that would give them control or access to my phone information. I can only berate myself for this...


35 posted on 03/09/2013 6:16:39 PM PST by Buddygirl (Trust but verify. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: discostu

I think transparency is the key. They want to hide what they are doing from everyone, and make it hard for those who want to maintain a high level of privacy to do so.


36 posted on 03/09/2013 6:16:44 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Defiant

Everybody seems to find out what they’re doing. And the best way to maintain privacy is on your own side of the keyboard. I enjoy FB but I have no illusions that anything I put there is completely public information no matter how I my settings are tweaked, so I don’t put anything on there I wouldn’t tattoo on my forehead.


37 posted on 03/09/2013 6:27:24 PM PST by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: Defiant
I am seriously annoyed at Facebook's sidebar ads.
I can't tell you for long long they've been pushing aside the games and products to promote "Sexy Singles in Your Area".

And now suddenly, they're suggesting "Mature Dating".

THE NERVE!!

38 posted on 03/09/2013 6:28:22 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Defiant
I've been done with facebook for a while. It was cool to connect with some old friends, and it helped for entertainment when I was in the hospital, but:

I mentioned a doctor visit, and my uric acid levels were high. Next ad was wanting participants for a gout study.
I said something about saxophone. Next ad is Woodwind nd Brasswind.
I said something about my time in the Marines. Next ad is for an online university for veterans.
A good friend has a beautiful Gibson ES-335 guitar. I said something about that, and the next ad was for Musician's Friend.

So add in all the idiots, and I just got tired of messing with them.

39 posted on 03/09/2013 6:28:43 PM PST by real saxophonist (You can't take the sky from me)
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To: Defiant

facebook tracking


40 posted on 03/09/2013 6:33:14 PM PST by quintr
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To: real saxophonist

you can really mess them up. early on I constantly said I wasn’t interested, closed out ads and reported them as spam etc. I get almost no ads. what I have found is that many of my “friends” are not so careful about what they like and allow, so i in turn know a bit more than I’d like about them sometimes.


41 posted on 03/09/2013 6:59:22 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: visualops

Glad I quit Facebook about 6 months ago. A REAL time waster.


42 posted on 03/09/2013 7:23:36 PM PST by Mogger (Independence, better fuel economy and performance with American made synthetic oil.)
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To: Defiant

Good information.


43 posted on 03/09/2013 8:30:09 PM PST by AUsome Joy
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To: MestaMachine

Two words: Google Analytics.


44 posted on 03/09/2013 8:38:19 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: dynachrome

Geez. I ybderstand that purrfectly!


45 posted on 03/09/2013 9:23:11 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: Defiant

I mostly only use my fake Facebook account for logging into other sites. I never even look at it, so could care less what’s going on there.

Rarely use my “real” account either, but I run Firefox with Ad Block Plus (with EasyList, EasyPrivacy, Fanboy’s Tracking List, Fanboy’s Privacy List, Facebook Privacy List, and Fanboy’s Annoyance List ) as well as BetterPrivacy to take care of LSOs/Super Cookies.

I didn’t even realize Facebook had ads, so I guess these things are working pretty darn good!

I tried ghostery in the past but it broke WAY too many legitimate web pages.


46 posted on 03/09/2013 9:51:39 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Cyber Liberty; MestaMachine
Google Analytics.

Since I use Firefox, I fix Google analytics with two words: No Script..

47 posted on 03/09/2013 9:56:30 PM PST by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

There’s a blocking list you can add into ABP to kill dating and porn ads completely.


48 posted on 03/10/2013 3:19:05 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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To: Defiant

I opened an account about 2 years ago. Never caught my fancy so i canceled it a year later. The electronic society has helped continue the destruction of the bonds that hold families and friendships together by making everything impersonal.


49 posted on 03/10/2013 5:16:39 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Defiant

Why, is there a problem saying it should not be used???


50 posted on 03/10/2013 8:34:44 AM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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