We need higher privacy standards

Industry insiders defend Google's Safari hack and Path's phonebook theft as standard industry practices. We can -- and must -- do better than that.

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I know Google is good, but please tell me: When did it develop the ability to read peoples’ minds? Because if my browser is set to reject third-party cookies, there is no other way for Google to know whether that decision was mine or the company that wrote the browser code. And it doesn’t matter. It’s my browser setting. End of discussion.

Does anyone else here really want an Internet where the most powerful companies do whatever they damned well please until they get caught, then deny they did anything wrong and promise to never do it again (until the next time they get caught)?

If these two things – grabbing people’s mobile phonebooks and dropping tracking cookies on their devices without consent – are standard practices, then one thing is clear: We need higher standards than that.

To paraphrase the old R&B classic, if this is how it feels to be right, I’d rather be wrong.

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