Plus, the fact that the filters are inside of the app source and not fetched from a remote repo means that filtering errors (false-positives) will take hours or maybe days to be fixed, as the dev will need to push out an update (or pull Fanboy's upstream fixes), it will need to be approved by Apple, and then the user will need to update the entire extension.
Compare this with uBo or Adguard, where one can manually check for updates and pull a new version of a single filter list or every filter list in ten seconds. In uBo, the user can also badfilter the offending line in the list or disable uBo from running on a specific domain.
In general, as evidenced from this issue list, cookie consent lists are somewhat problematic and can break sites. Some of these issues may be fixed by now. https://github.com/ryanbr/fanboy-adblock/issues?q=%22easylis...
- https://twitter.com/ still shows cookie banner at the bottom
- https://botland.com.pl still shows cookie banner at the bottom
- https://www.17track.net started showing "You are seeing this message because ad or script blocking software is interfering with this page." at the bottom of the page and asked me to solve a captcha
Note that neither Safari nor Chrome are good choices if you want an effective adblocker these days.
Firefox, use it.
If so it needs to be better than making tickets. What about a system to hide the elements manually and that action feeds into a database?
Some important privacy concerns with having that info reported back of course.
While we're at it, get rid of the forced "piracy is harmful" ads on every media disc too. Pirates don't actually see these messages, they're stripped out in the final copy, so the actual legal customers are the only one suffering through it as they can't be skipped either with the skip button, which is silly.
We need to do a better job of cleaning up our laws that has turned out to be worthless.
Making the widespread surveillance that was previously invisible visible (and annoying) seems like a good move to me.
1. Require websites to be concise and offer a yes/no ONLY.
2. Reverse-lobby browser vendors to turn this into an API.
3. Require everyone to use the API.
Now users can block or accept all requests at once like they can block or accept Notification requests.
It doesn't change the fact that they're tracking me, it just makes me click an "X" or "OK" every damned time I visit some new site to read an article or something.
I could understand your argument if sites were actually removing tracking in order not to annoy users with the popup.
But sites aren't doing that, not in any meaningful number at all. So it's not having any effect on privacy, while annoying basically every internet user ever constantly (before you hunt for an extension to block as many of them as you can).
So I don't see how it's a good move at all, not in practice. It's just annoying, and that's it.
Heck, I'm a reasonably technical user, and I wouldn't have noticed in most cases. Again, invisible. Now I have a negative first impression of a site if it annoys me with cookie banners, and a more positive one if not.
The problem is that the GDPR is not being enforced seriously so these breaches of the regulation aren't being cleaned up. I'm not sure if it's malice or outright stupidity and the companies legitimately believe they are compliant (there is tons of bad and incorrect advice out there).
If you want things to change and you're in Europe, you should start by questioning the incompetence of your local data protection agency as they are the ones that have the power to investigate breaches & impose fines. In the UK, the Open Rights Group is raising money to sue our data protection agency for its incompetence/unwillingness to enforce the regulation, so maybe it's worth checking out: https://action.openrightsgroup.org/help-us-protect-your-data... (no affiliation)
It is sad the author believes that cookies banner is here only because website owners don't care about design anymore. Banners are absolutely annoying by design because owners want people to be annoyed and click "I accept everything" to not be annoyed anymore. Owners could very well make those banners disappear with one simple trick: just don't collect any information.
The "golden past" isn't one where they used to care about users' experience, it's one where they didn't have to care about users' privacy. I personally highly welcome the change and try to websites that don't care about my privacy by default.
1) ask for consent for personal data you are taking
2) do not take personal data.
The latter is clearly preferable.
A bunch of other people just jumped on the bandwagon.
Which brings me to the annoyance of “go here search this”: a regressing to AOL keywords when URLs exist is madness.
This HN submission links to Gruber’s website, his post title links to the app’s GitHub page (https://oblador.github.io/hush/) which has a direct App Store link. (https://apps.apple.com/app/id1544743900)
It's weird to borrow someone's laptop, and see a barrage of ads, notices, bars and other visual spam.
You can, for example, target people over the age of 70 that live in high net worth areas, or people that live geographically close to some organization you're targeting specifically, in hopes of hitting an employee, or someone in their family.
I find it strange that "smart" people such as developers can't imagine people think differently than they do, and behave differently than they do.
As far as I can tell, the security argument is advanced mostly as justification for blocking even unobtrusive ads by people who love to both complain about the terrible state of "mainstream media" and to read what they publish.
Here are documented instances of malvertising I collated over the years, and which is by no mean comprehensive and which I haven't taken the time to update in a long while:
Additionally, excerpt from CISA's "Securing Web Browsers and Defending Against Malvertising for Federal Agencies":
> Ad-blocking software prevents advertisements from displaying or removes different types of ads (e.g., pop-ups, banner ads) when a user visits a website or uses an application. This software reduces a user’s risk in receiving malicious ads or being redirected to malicious websites. One common ad-blocking technique is the use of web browser extensions that enable a user or agency to customize and control the appearance of online ads. CISA encourages agencies to evaluate solutions that would enable malicious ad blocking.
Luckily enough he never got pwned despite conducting basically his entire digital life through that browser.
Badware is still alive and well, but it's mostly tricking people into installing it. The days of ActiveX zero clicks are indeed (and thankfully!) long behind us.
No, it's strange (or rather, it's sad and shameful) that we've allowed the web to become an environment where this attitude even needs to be considered.
"Hey you should be using an ad blocker, it avoid ads and viruses, and makes websites faster. Do you mind if I install you one?"
10,000 queries a day sounds like a lot but our router (Orbi) isn't doing any caching so maybe it's not.
AdGuard DNS doesn't let you have any configuration. My college student had to change her DNS settings once because an app was being blocked as an ad blocker.
Basically they initially say no data ever leaves the device but then they go on to say:
1) in case of a problem they gather detailed log data
2) They “may” store third party tracking cookies
3) Third parties will get access to my personal information (though they seem to promise they won’t abuse it) hmm
4) They directly write that they can’t guarantee the safety of my personal information
I think I’ll pass on this one.
The extension was also posted here (where I originally posted the above comment): https://news.ycombinator.com/threads?id=trastknast
It's fantastic. Browsing the web on my iPhone, I feel like slaying myself. Current state of the web is just fucking annoying.
I used a bunch of custom CSS until I got tired of it, then I started using uBlock Origin which also helps block other annoyances like those stupid "Can I help you?" chat bubbles and other popups on various websites.
It would be great to browse the web without all the noise!
Under "Group Management", select "Adlists".
> you’re back to approving cookie access every single goddamn time you load an article at The Guardian
I honestly don't remember the last time I saw a popup there and I read it daily. I think the consent lasts quite a while.
Furthermore, the drivel about clever people, clever things… what? How is that related to blocking a banner that sites are legally mandated to have?
Doesn't make me want to try the extension, just makes me think that someone has just discovered adblock or was paid to write it.
Spoken like someone who doesn't need to worry about their income.