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Comment: Re:But how exactly does it work? (Score 3, Insightful) 140

by threeturn (#27586565) Attached to: Amazon To Block Phorm Scans
Technical explanation in some detail

Q Why is it an opt-out system?
A Because they couldn't get away with providing no optionality control, so they went for the option which pushed as many users as possible to their system.

Q When did I or Slashdot give implied consent to anyone to inspect the packets for reasons other than routing?
A You didn't, but Phorm and the spineless UK government has decided you did.

Q What data do they collect and what do they do with it?
A Browsing habits to produce targeted advertising.

The Internet

+ - What's your "hompage"?

Submitted by threeturn
threeturn (622824) writes "My "homepage" is:
1) Google
2) Yahoo!
3) MSN
4) A social network site
5) about:blank
6) Hijacked by a toolbar
7) Other — specify..."

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