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This is an "alpha" version. Use at your own risk. Privacy Badger will work on Firefox and Chrome only.

Since advertisers and trackers pay no or little attention to the Do Not Track option, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has developed an app to enforce your wishes. It isn't an ad blocker, although it's based on the AdBlock Plus engine.

It has a "whitelist" feature and they intend to add blocking of "fingerprinting" in a future release.

You can read about here and download it here where you will also find the FAQ.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

    by Just Bob on Sat May 03, 2014 at 09:27:08 PM PDT

  •  Are you trying it (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    CenPhx, Just Bob, WakeUpNeo, koNko, blueoasis

    out, Just Bob? If so, what do you think so far?

    I don't know what's worse, the getting older or the getting wiser. -- G. Callen.

    by OLinda on Sat May 03, 2014 at 09:40:16 PM PDT

    •  I'm running it as we speak. (9+ / 0-)

      So far it's pretty invisible. I access a limited number of sites using Firefox, so the only tracking cookies detected so far are two from Google and Google user content. The source of both cookies is Daily Kos.

      I'll be giving it a better workout in the next few days.

      I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

      by Just Bob on Sat May 03, 2014 at 09:47:16 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thanks, Bob... (5+ / 0-)
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        Just Bob, BMScott, koNko, blueoasis, oortdust

        I'll give it a try.

        "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." - 17th-century French clergyman and statesman Cardinal Richelieu.

        by markthshark on Sat May 03, 2014 at 10:18:43 PM PDT

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      •  I've been using a browser from Comodo (0+ / 0-)

        called "Comodo IceDragon" which is based on Chrome (the regular Comodo browser is based on a Firefox core, both are very good browsers).
        IceDragon has a feature called "PrivDog" which I guess is like this Privacy Badger, I've been letting it run but have no idea what it's doing.

        "The church of life is not in a building, it is the open sky, the surrounding ocean, the beautiful soil"...George Helm, 1/1977

        by Bluefin on Sun May 04, 2014 at 12:48:00 PM PDT

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        •  PrivDog substitutes ads from AdTrustMedia for (0+ / 0-)

          other ads. PrivDog is from AdTrustMedia.

          FWIW, the MVPS hosts file blocks ads from AdTrustMedia.

          Imho, that sounds questionable to me.

          http://www.privdog.com/...

          I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

          by Just Bob on Sun May 04, 2014 at 01:08:23 PM PDT

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    •  I spoke too soon. (5+ / 0-)
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      OLinda, BMScott, Kingsmeg, koNko, blueoasis

      Tracking cookies:
      www.google.com
      themes.googleuserconte...
      farm8.staticflickr.com
      img.youtube.com
      pbs.twimg.com
      www.youtube.com
      html5-player.libsyn.com
      s.ytimg.com
      code.jquery.com
      static.libsyn.com
      assets.libsyn.com
      i1.ytimg.com
      i1054.photobucket.com

      All of these are from Daily Kos.

      I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

      by Just Bob on Sat May 03, 2014 at 09:54:08 PM PDT

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      •  Are you surprised? (8+ / 0-)

        I use Ghostery and these days few websites have fewer than 5 trackers, 2-3 beacons and numerous widgets. DKos is no exceptions since they use a lot of these for sponsorship.

        In fact, a trend, particularly in Adobe Air slideshows, is to embed ads and ad trackers such as Adobe Analytics inside the slide show causing them to become disabled if the trackers or ads are disabled, a strategy to get your to turn them off.

        With any good blocker, you will have to manually edit those you want to enable and toward that end, it is good to have and USE "Whitelist" feature, I stress this because without a bit of tuning, blockers can frustrate some users when they find some applet features they normally use non-functional, such as social media buttons.

        I'm a member of EFF and was waiting for this, I will test this in a couple of weeks when I have time, benchmarking it against Ghostery feature-by-feature if not performance wise, because I have a mature Ghostery user profile to allow some widgets to load and would have to establish a equivalent profile for Badger to make it apples-to-apples.

        No one is coming to save us, the future is in our hands.

        by koNko on Sun May 04, 2014 at 02:36:31 AM PDT

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  •  I'll try it. (5+ / 0-)

    I'm getting more and more pissed off at the behavior of pretty much everyone online, treating us, the paying customers, like suckers.

    190 milliseconds....

    by Kingsmeg on Sat May 03, 2014 at 10:12:55 PM PDT

  •  FindLaw's take on Privacy Badger (6+ / 0-)

    http://blogs.findlaw.com/...

    Why Will You Need a Privacy Badger?

    Mozilla's fun Web We Want asks users to pick their most important issue for the future of the Internet, from privacy to accessibility to freedom. In every region of the globe, the top issue that concerns users is privacy.

    Now, we all know about government spying, which seems like it'll be on the decline, now that (a) we all know about it and (b) politicians know that we know, but private data mining is just as invasive, if not more so, since there is no constitutional right to not have a tech company stalk you, and because we too often consent to such tracking in order to use an online dating site or a social network.

    Yahoo, earlier this week, announced that it would not recognize Do Not Track. Yahoo may be one of the biggest companies to make such a proclamation, but it's far from the only one. A 'Privacy Badger' or some other equivalent tool puts you in control and makes companies' compliance not optional.

    I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

    by Just Bob on Sun May 04, 2014 at 12:27:19 AM PDT

  •  i'm leaning toward the usual: (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Sandino, koNko, Skyye, Just Bob, oortdust

    wait for bugs to be discovered and fixed.
    wait also for v.2, the hybrid with SKUNK.
    but do continue reporting on the lovely thing, and i will wonder as to the sanity of anyone who would wish to be aware of anything i do with such tracking cookies, a huge effort being made to observe the progress of my incontinence ... which is the biggest thing going on in my life right now, minus the hand tremor.

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Sun May 04, 2014 at 01:36:55 AM PDT

  •  so far the only problem (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Just Bob, oortdust

    is Disqus, which a lot of sites use.
    I set one flag to 'allow', as it wasn't letting me comment even though I was logged in.

    (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

    by PJEvans on Sun May 04, 2014 at 08:41:08 AM PDT

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