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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: To AdBlock Or Not To AdBlock? 4

conner_bw writes: Is there an acceptable compromise to behaviour targeting? On the one hand, I don't want to be profiled by unscrupulous advertisers. On the other hand, I feel that the advertiser is the middleman between the things I care about (content) and the dollars that support those things. My compromise is to take a page out of BF Skinner's book Walden Two and view the situation as a sort of absurd behaviourist experiment. Basically, I adblock everything but whitelist the sites I support. Is this too much? Not enough? What should the individual do protect themselves, if anything at all?
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Submission + - Behavioural Advertising: To Block Or Not To Block? (trotch.com)

conner_bw writes: Dear Slashdot: Is there an acceptable comprimise to online tracking? On the one hand, I don't want to be profiled by unscrupulous advertisers. On the other hand, I feel that the advertiser is the middleman between the things I care about (content) and the dollars that support these things. My compromise is to take a page out of BF Skinner's book Walden Two and view the situation as a sort of absurd behaviourist experiment. Basically, I adblock everything but whitelist the sites I support. Is this too much? Not enough? With regulatory boards failing to protect the consumer, what should the individual do protect themselves, if at all?
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20 Hours a Month Reading Privacy Policies 161

Barence sends word of research out of Carnegie Mellon University calling for changes in the way Web sites present privacy policies. The researchers, one of whom is an EFF board member, calculated how long it would take the average user to read through the privacy policies of the sites visited in a year. The answer: 200 hours, at a hypothetical cost to the US economy of $365 billion, more than half the financial bailout package. Every year. The researchers propose that, if the industry can't make privacy policies easier to read or skim, then federal intervention may be needed. This resulted in the predictable cry of outrage from online executives. Here's the study (PDF).

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