There is an alarming trend w/ smart home devices (mostly TVs) who have "App Ecosystems" -- their "smart microphones..." have data associated w/ IP addresses + device-specific IDs & the TVs let apps ingest that consumer audio under **the apps own TOS**
vizio.com/en/terms/priva…⚖️
Smart TVs are made w/ a data supply architecture bolted on where the consumer is agreeing to layered Terms of Service...

The TV *Apps* can get *very* valuable data - and consumers are not being properly warned that they need to be *very careful* about which TV apps they install.
Samsung TVs (& many other TVs) run on the Open Source Tizen Platform (docs.tizen.org/platform/what-…)- just like Chromium they use W3c guidelines & API standards- but unlike Google, Samsung & TV makers are hoping regulators don't catch-wise to these non-compliant data flows for ad tech.
Tizen powers many smart TVs / Cars/ iOT- to protect user data (especially audio data) - privacy advocates must dig into this open source code & urge real reforms.

NLP models easier than ever to deploy into smart TV audio flows:
docs.tizen.org/application/do…
nltk.org/nltk_data/
Your Smart TV, Smart Watch, Smart Washer & Dryer, Smart Car, Smart Fridge & any other Smart iOT you can think up can be run w/ the Tizen Open Source Operating System @ docs.tizen.org/platform/what-…

This is becoming a standard - privacy comes in waves to standards, buckle up.⚖️💸🌩️🔥
Here's the open issues for Tizen @ bugs.tizen.org/browse/TRE-263…

the different device categories and projects can be parsed @ bugs.tizen.org/secure/BrowseP…

Home @ docs.tizen.org

imo Privacy advocates who want to clean up ad tech should be as focused on Tizen as Chromium ⚖️💸🖖

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22 Feb
Everyone in privacy + ad tech + internet regs should read the "News media bargaining code" from Australia (accc.gov.au/focus-areas/di…) - aka the "link tax" - it creates new rules for Facebook (& other tech orgs). It's legislation birthed from an antitrust report - it's big crap🧵
I've been following all the antitrust reports about Facebook & Google - I've read all the major reports cover to cover & even helped a little on one. These entities need to be held accountable - Google should be forced to spin off their ad tech, FB banned from new acquisitions.
First, Australia is not proposing a "link tax" - they are proposing deeply nuanced "bargaining" rules for specific types of tech companies (Facebook & Google are targets) and the rules apply to an extremely broad range of "news websites" - they try to "even the playing field" 🥶
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Some of the network has been researched by @RiskIQ @ riskiq.com/blog/labs/yout… 🌩️
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You can also site search their scam domains and get Google ads for other scams from (imo) the same group :/

~These phish kids & gamers - but are apparently low priority?:
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They control numerous domains - orchestration for days - PAF gang are OG operators
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Data Controller requests consent + marketing purpose to ingest Contact Address Book from non-covered entity
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a Data Controller requesting 100% access to a personal Address Book, has ingested *user data, without consent from the users who the data belongs, to process it*

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Congress rarely provides justice or reform. It's a bastion of conflicts & procedural rules.

But for 18 months after a Presidential election, an agenda can be set.

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If President Biden had demanded Congress hold a trial, with witnesses and tons of subcommittee hearings, he could have easily done that. And he could have put so much pressure that today could have easily been a different outcome. Now, why didn't Biden put all his chips on this?
A U.S. President has about 18 months after a Presidential Election to get something important done. From 1990's healthcare reform attempts, Bush tax cuts, Obamacare, Trump's tax efforts -- and Biden *could have chosen* to spend his time/political capital on a trial.
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One day, you wake up & a Chrome Extension claims to "support your users" w/ XYZ features you didn't make 🧵
To make matters worse, you've discovered that dozens of your users have installed the extension within days of the extension being released - & you find out that extension developer has been paying the extension store to promote this dangerous extension on search & video sites.
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A few FB buying facts:

1) Exclusion audiences save money when high-bid pages are in an audience.
2) custom audiences cost less than native FB targeting of page interests/likes

3) lookalikes cost less than custom audiences, and less than native FB targeting

4) campaigns bid against each other - hugely popular states like Florida has tons of competition
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