Manifesto:

Tracking is not evil. Mandated tracking is evil.

Advertisers using tracking is not evil. Tracking that puts data in closed-source/proprietary locations is evil.

Using tracking to form profiles of you/your purchasing habits/your interest is not evil. Not allowing users to set tracking preferences [ "See more products like this/See less products like this/I like this brand/I don't like this brand" ] is evil.

The war has never been about cookies. It's always been about data silos.

@trhr what if I take those cookies and sell them to a 3rd party without your consent.

Or I use the cookies to determine if you have differing political viewpoints and therefore shouldn't be hired, completely discounting your relevant skill-set?

@yanasi How would you have sufficient control over my cookies necessary to "sell" them if they're not stored in your proprietary, closed-source data silo?

The second half of that is a problem with your labor laws. In America, it's perfectly legal to hire/not hire based on political preference.

@trhr I was thinking I'd copy them to an open source database but then they wouldn't have any selling value.

I'd still rather just block it all so I don't have to worry about any shenanigans!

@yanasi Fundamentally, I support the idea of "my cookies travel with me." e.g. they could be stored anywhere, but they couldn't be decrypted/read until I inserted a hardware key. Which means 'browsing anonymously' just means 'taking out the key.'

@yanasi It solves security and privacy together. I wouldn't need to authenticate myself with a password; I have the key. Every bit of tech already exists to make this a reality, the laws just don't require it yet. Change the laws and Facebook would be in the business of manufacturing open-source hardware keys [and probably distributing them for free] within a week.

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