Story 2014-05-03 3JV Help EFF Test Privacy Badger

Help EFF Test Privacy Badger

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story imagePrivacy Badger, a new tool from EFF to combat online tracking and spying, is in alpha release and looking for testers:
EFF is launching a new extension for Firefox and Chrome called Privacy Badger . Privacy Badger automatically detects and blocks spying ads around the Web, and the invisible trackers that feed information to them. You can try it out today.
Interestingly, the announcement of the alpha release of Privacy Badger came the same day that news broke regarding Yahoo's decision to no longer respect users' "Do Not Track" browser settings.

Privacy Badger , which is based on the Adblock Plus code, is available for Chrome and Firefox . The source for each is available on github and any bugs found should be filed against the relevant Chrome or Firefox repositories.

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Reply 4 comments

I always thought that DNT meant... (Score: 2, Insightful)

by on 2014-05-03 19:53 (#1BR)

... please use other more nefarious methods of tracking me rather than the easily worked-around ones.

Re: I always thought that DNT meant... (Score: 2, Interesting)

by on 2014-05-04 16:41 (#1C3)

I've wondered similarly... and further thought that a better means of retaining some privacy in the modern internet might be providing lots of diverse data randomly in plain sight so that "true" information or signal is obscured by "false" information or noise.

Re: I always thought that DNT meant... (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-05 22:38 (#1DH)

You'd like TrackMeNot .

It's Clear The EFF Has Never Met a Windows PC (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-05 22:57 (#1DK)

Tracking cookies are SO SO SO the least of the issues facing the plurality of home Windows PCs.

I would have been much more impressed if they took ClamAV and made it at least as good as the garbage from Symantec and McAfee. Right now it's still actually worse (particularly on Windows).

I haven't read the articles (of course) but so far this sounds like PR more than an actual valuable piece of software (because it's only going to be used by people who already know how to use Adblock, flush cookies, and maybe even subscribe to an additional block list in Adblock).