Over the past 25 years, email has weaved itself into the daily fabric of life. Our inboxes contain everything from very personal letters, to work correspondence, to unsolicited inbound sales pitches. In many ways, they are an extension of our …
Thanks to @mikeindustries for writing this overview of Superhuman pixel tracking. He is 100% right that this is unacceptable.
Pixel tracking is common in the old Adtech world, but it’s incredibly dangerous for the new Bitcoin world we are now entering.
@lwsnbaker@0xdeafcafe@mikeindustries Lawson, you and I knew that this was a risk, but how many normal people would have any idea whatsoever? Who would intuitively grasp that blocking images from loading would be necessary to block tracking? Exposing the location data is particularly egregious https://t.co/A81EegEbrm
Andrew "Not cool enough for an ETH scam" Glidden - @asglidden11 months ago
RT @mikeindustries: Superhuman is an email surveillance app that encourages its users to spy on friends and co-workers without their consent. Why the ethics of this matter and what it says about Superhuman as a company. New post on Mike Industries: https://t.co/97LPwhWI7Z
It is disappointing then that one of the most hyped new email clients, Superhuman, has decided to embed hidden tracking pixels inside of the emails its customers send out. Superhuman calls this feature “Read Receipts” and turns it on by default for its customers, without the consent of its recipients. You’ve heard the term “Read Receipts” before, so you have most likely been conditioned to believe it’s a simple “Read/Unread” status that people can opt out of. With Superhuman, it is not
A running log of every single time you have opened my email, including your location when you opened it. Before we continue, ask yourself if you expect this information to be collected on you and relayed back to your parent, your child, your spouse, your co-worker, a salesperson, an ex, a random stranger, or a stalker every time you read an email. Although some one-to-many email blasting software has used similar technologies to track open rates, the answer is no;most people don’t expect this. People reasonably expect that when — and especially where — they read their email is their own business
Can we find the domains used by SH? Creating an auto-delete filter for the entire domain, preferably one that also reports it as spam, seems appropriate. I like the idea of generating a large and random number of pings as soon as any message from a SH user arrives. Wonder if there's a way to automatically forward it to Tor and have it bouncing all over the planet, opening several times a second for a few years?
I'm the poster. I have nothing at all to do with this article or the website it's on. I am, however, a person with an on-going concern about ever increasing loss of any sort of privacy, and this essay details a new level of that very thing.
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