Mentatul Monthly Focus
August 2019 Edition
– Spamming privacy into numbness –
While surfing the web, did you perhaps, just by chance, come across popup messages and notifications? Doesn’t it seem like there’s more of those with every passing year? Have you been assaulted by updated “terms and conditions” statements from the plethora of services you use?
Notifications about cookies abound. The GDPR “spam” is wreaking havoc. At least in the EU, surfing is becoming increasingly annoying. The first access on almost any given site leads to at least two popups, and perhaps a third one about allowing the site to give notifications, or a fourth about social media interactions, or a fifth about sharing location… the list goes on and on.
This article focuses on the following 5 “main sources” of privacy-related notification spam:
1. The EULA (End User License Agreement)
4. Ad blockers
5. Social media-related notifications
6. Websites forcing users to install native apps