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    [–] Flight Sim Company Embeds Malware to Steal Pirates' Passwords LizMcIntyre 3 points ago in privacy

    I imagine there could be some legal consequences for the flight sim company for this?

    Let's hope so, u/jakethealbatross! Seems like this violates the principle of coming to court with clean hands.

    [–] Lifehacker's Emily Price: Bring Back Google's Missing 'View Image' Button With Startpage (It's not just about wallpaper pics. It's also about privacy & intellectual freedom) LizMcIntyre 5 points ago * (lasted edited 11 hours ago) in privacytoolsIO

    Downvoting because people shouldn't be able to view content anonymously online?

    Edit: Looks like the privacytools community has overcome the initial onslaught of naysayers. :-)

    [–] Lifehacker's Emily Price: Bring Back Google's Missing 'View Image' Button With Startpage (It's not just about wallpaper pics. It's also about privacy & intellectual freedom) LizMcIntyre 7 points ago * (lasted edited 11 hours ago) in privacy

    Wondering why people are downvoting. Are some people here thinking search engines should restrict viewing of some content? Do some people think searchers should not be able to view content anonymously?

    edit: Looks like privacy has overcome the initial naysayers. :-)

    [–] Another State Victory: Big ISP companies Charter and Spectrum tried to use the the net neutrality rollback to avoid a fraud suit. Good try, but no cigar! New York Supreme Court Judge Rejects the Play. LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in netneutrality

    I'm a Charter/Spectrum employee, 100Mbps internet, TV and Phone for $6.25 a month($6.00 extra cable box charge....)

    Hey u/sho_controllers is that employee pricing? I've never seen anything close to that pricing in the marketplace for regular folks. The taxes alone are more than $6.25 a month. ;-)

    [–] Image viewing privacy: Getty images doesn't want consumers to view their full-size pics at Google without visiting the Getty site. Just the start? LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in privacy

    Not sure why you're getting downvoted. Agree with you completely, it certainly sets a dangerous precedent. I use DuckDuckGo as my main search engine but their image search is nowhere near as good as the big guys, I've heard of StartPage a bit but not really looked into it, do you find it to be effective?

    Hi u/CryptCode. I am a consumer privacy expert, and I also consult with StartPage. For both those reasons, I am very interested in this case, (And I love StartPage.com BTW. The image search is great with lots of tools. Give it a try.)

    Consider that there are always industry people in the forums who could be downvoting. Normally, the privacy folks overcome industry downvoting, but I suspect this hasn't been the case here since this isn't a super "sexy" topic. It's only gotten 24 views at this writing.

    Let's hope more people take note because there are serious implications for privacy and intellectual freedom.

    [–] Image viewing privacy: Getty images doesn't want consumers to view their full-size pics at Google without visiting the Getty site. Just the start? LizMcIntyre 2 points ago in privacytoolsIO

    Getty sells rights to its images to other websites that use the images to draw people into their content. These sites that purchase the images generally WANT their content to be indexed.

    [–] Image viewing privacy: Getty images doesn't want consumers to view their full-size pics at Google without visiting the Getty site. Just the start? LizMcIntyre 1 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in privacytoolsIO

    This is true u/nachos420. It could hurt a business for people to download its content and use it for free, but as you point out, forcing search engines to pay to link to proprietary content or forcing them to share traffic info will not really fix the problem. At least not now with masking options available.

    So would Getty and other companies get really bold and go after VPNs, Tor, ISPs and private search engines if they see people using those services to visit and perhaps download proprietary content anonymously? This could have serious repercussions for privacy and intellectual freedom.

    Note that websites, particularly news sites, purchase rights to use Getty images, so those images aren't just at the Getty site. In fact, there are likely more of those images off the Getty site than on any Getty site. The whole reason sites buy those images is to draw people into their content--and they generally WANT their content to be indexed.

    [–] Image viewing privacy: Getty images doesn't want consumers to view their full-size pics at Google without visiting the Getty site. Just the start? LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in conspiracy

    Yes they should be able to control their content and how it is viewed.

    How about a company that manufactures spy equipment for the US government u/BadgerGecko? It's a private company with proprietary images and content. Should that company be able to force consumers and journalists to visit its website directly instead of viewing the content privately and anonymously?

    While the Getty situation in isolation can seem reasonable, the implications for privacy and freedom could be far reaching.

    [–] Ubuntu wants to collect more diagnostic data LizMcIntyre 14 points ago in privacy

    Many people switch to Linux distros for the extra privacy and control they offer. While users can opt out of the extra Ubuntu data collection, I predict this will be a turnoff and lead users to select one of the many other terrific Linux distros available -- if just on principle.

    [–] Image viewing privacy: Getty images doesn't want consumers to view their full-size pics at Google without visiting the Getty site. Just the start? LizMcIntyre 5 points ago in privacy

    Yes, but it's usually not a full-size, high definition image. I just checked the right click and the direct click at Google. They are different. That could make a difference with images where viewing details is important. At StartPage.com I can still view the full-size image privately--at least for the time being. Check out the difference.

    What happens if other companies and websites decide they want to force consumers to visit their websites to view proprietary content, too? I think this Getty precedent could be dangerous for privacy and intellectual freedom.