Regardless, I still disagree, if it is mandated, it does not matter if the source is open. It has the force of law, and if you are found to be circumventing, your freedom can be just as curtailed as by using it and being found to be doing something illegal or impolitic.
Otherwise I have to oppose the idea entirely.
You are willing to allow it if it is open source? You are willing to trade freedom and privacy for FOSS?
May I ask why? If it is because you have the technical know-how to remove or disable it if the source is available that is a self-centered and elitist view.
What about people who do not have this ability? In this view the techno-crati and the rich and powerful have nothing to fear as they can sidestep the loss of freedom.
The plebes however still get stepped on, more and more. This is the antithesis of what FOSS should be about. It is about enabling freedom and openness, not sociopathy.
Seriously, there are legal methods of tracking people, and privacy protections for a reason. Throwing them all away for the guise of 'safety' NEVER works.
Would you like to be 'followed' because of a political or religious belief of yours, or your skin color, or sexual orientation? Open up for one, open up for all.
All you do is lose rights and privacy. You may gain a sense of safety, but not real safety.
This is the problem with affiliate systems. People will always find ways to abuse them, and it will not be the original company. I have recieved affiliate spam that eventually goes through amazon. Was amazon responsible? No.
Granted, some companies do a better job of policing their affiliates, but all it takes is registering a few dozen domains, pasting up some crap pages, signing up for a new affiliate account, and firing off your lists again. Meanwhile pages on those same domains are serving up 'free ipad' ads to the unwary and harvesting more emails.