New study: The advertising industry is systematically breaking the law

Every time we use apps, hundreds of shadowy entities are receiving personal data about our interests, habits, and behaviour.

@markosaric Sadly, this is not surprising at all.

Last I heard there were a few GDPR-related lawsuits making their way through the legal system. I don't know of anywhere I can get the latest updates on it though.

@arjen @loke thanks for sharing! they need to step up the chase 😀

@markosaric They must be prosecuted! People are going to jail over a couple of joints and these scumbags are getting off free.

@markosaric Not that I like the study but I do like the information being made available.

@markosaric yes I know. That's why I wrote a DNS-over-TLS server that blocks this shit. At this point I forgot mobile ads are a thing.

My findings: contains an ungodly amount of advertising SDKs. It took me several attempts of adding rules to block them all. It's really a shame mobile ad blocking isn't mainstream.

@Marko Saric @Adrian Cochrane
I was at the launch of this report, organised by the Norwegian advertising industry itself. It was an absurd performance, where the head of the Norwegian consumer council herself remarked that if the industry just followed the law, this would not be a problem. The problem is that they don't! The representatives of the ad industry however, claimed that democracy would be at stake if they were not allowed to collect location and other personal identifiable data by tracking web and mobile access, and that it was easy for a consumer to opt out from collection by any of their several hundred partners since they has listed them on their websites.

The real problem is of course as the head of the consumer council says: The industry does not follow the law, and it has no consequences for them to not do so.
@Adrian Cochrane @Marko Saric Not to me either. It was during a "panel debate" but as the moderator was more focused on his own bad jokes than what the panel said, it was never followed up.

@harald @alcinnz “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

i do wish gdpr actually gets enforced soon!

@markosaric @harald There's a *lot* of litigation to do, and I think it's already happening...

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