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Online Privacy Should Be Modeled on Real-World Privacy - Daring Fireball →

John Gruber, author of Daring Fireball, really rips into the privacy-destroying tracking companies’ complaints about Apple’s changes in iOS 14. There’s a bit more vitriol than I care for, but on the whole I agree with Gruber’s assessment: Apple’s change here highlights the downright creepy and inappropriate ways apps and websites track us as we go about our daily lives.

Just because there is now a multi-billion dollar industry based on the abject betrayal of our privacy doesn’t mean the sociopaths who built it have any right whatsoever to continue getting away with it. They talk in circles but their argument boils down to entitlement: they think our privacy is theirs for the taking because they’ve been getting away with taking it without our knowledge, and it is valuable. No action Apple can take against the tracking industry is too strong.

I am eager to get my hands on iOS 14 for this feature alone – stop tracking me!