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Surveillance tech in the wild

Why is Stack Overflow trying to start audio?

Just wow.

A Microsoft Advert, served by Google, on Stack Overflow, using Audio API (amongst a bunch of other stuff) to try to fingerprint visitors to the site.

Note this is happening without Stack Overflow’s knowledge or permission.

We are aware of it. We are not okay with it.

We’re trying to track down what is doing it and get that mess out of here. We’ve also reached out to Google to enlist their support. I’ll be honest: it’s late in the day and we’re unlikely to get this resolved today. But we’ve reached out and hope to get it fixed ASAP.

Advertising as a business model is beyond broken.

And similar issues have been raised previously. The response there is enlightening.


Dated: 2019-07-04
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