NebuAD, Several ISPs Sued Over Behavioral Ads
Well, that didn't go so well...
Back in February of this year
we interviewed the CEO of NebuAD, who hoped to buy your browsing history from ISPs, then deliver ads based on your browsing choices. Unfortunately for NebuAD, Congressional questions arose over whether NebuAD's deep packet inspection system violated privacy and wiretap laws
, which resulted in ISPs running to the hills to protect their legal posteriors. That led to the departure of NebuAD's CEO, and left the company on life support. All in all that's a pretty crappy year for one company, but unfortunately for them things just got worse with the birth of a class action lawsuit
The suit names several Internet Service Providers, including Washington Post-owned Cable One, which used Nebuad on a trial basis but ultimately did not deploy the technology throughout its network. . . The suit alleges violations of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, California's Invasion of Privacy Act and California's Computer Crime Law, as well as aiding and abetting, civil conspiracy and unjust enrichment.
NebuAD was always in a tough spot, given how their opt-out system let consumers opt-out of targeted ads, but not browsing data collection. If you're a huge fan of advertising and having your every click monetized don't worry. There's a multitude of other operators planning on copying NebuAD's business model
, just as soon as the appropriate politicians are lobbied and privacy laws are weakened or changed. Sometimes it just doesn't pay to be a technology pioneer.
| |GlaiceStill around herePremium
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Re: We have to protect the children. Fuck the children, they entirely get too much attention as if they are some sort of cult objects to the US government.
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| |knightmbEverybody Lies
Re: We have to protect the children. I'm glad to see them go down in flames, it was nothing but another example of greed by big ISP carriers. How much triple and quad dipping into their customers did they think they could get away with?
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| || |said by Glaice:And you sir hatched from your egg as a full grown adult?
Fuck the children, they entirely get too much attention as if they are some sort of cult objects to the US government.
Class Action. Ugh... IMO, class action lawsuits are almost always about enriching the attorneys. How has the "class" been injured, and how will they be compensated?
Answer: they haven't, and they won't, but the lawyers will be paid handsomely to go away. Sickening...
Yarmouth Port, MA
Re: More Moola Mining by Class Action Bandits
said by Transmaster:I don't see that. Google didn't wiretap or browser hijack, and Google doesn't see anything that your browser doesn't volunteer to Google based on your application privacy and scripting settings. With that in mind, read the lawsuit and tell me if you still maintain your position.
I see something else here this looks to me like a trial balloon (sorry
). If Himmelfard, and Malley succeed in stripping cash out of the offending parties in this action I look for them to go after the big prize in internet data mining, Google.
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Re: Technology Pioneer? Hardly You can't access any MS sites because you've hardwired your system to resolve those domains into bad IP addresses. That's fine if the software is trying to access a server by way of its domain name. However, if the software makes a connection directly to an IP address, it doesn't need to do a DNS lookup on a domain, which gets around your hosts file. Having the hosts file there doesn't block anything. All it does is break DNS, since a DNS request will always be run against that file before a DNS server is queried.
Now, if you have a decent router, or, better yet, a Linux box configured to act as a router, you can easily stop all this nonsense. The router can block access to the IP addresses, and the Linux box can do this, or, if you know what you're doing (I certainly don't), you can reroute that traffic anywhere you like.
Of course, if Windows worries you that much, maybe you ought to look at other alternatives. Ubuntu is free, and it's a great replacement for Windows. If you still need to run some Windows apps, then Wine can do that for you from inside Linux. I'm no Linux expert, but I'm going to learn it because I'll be damned if I'm going to keep buying new updates to Windows from Microsoft. I can build my own computers, so I see no need to add the cost of a new copy of Windows to each one.
Re: Technology Pioneer? Hardly If you still need Windows for some apps (beyond what you can run under Wine and CrossOver), a dual-boot system should work for you. That's what I do. For most of the time, I run Ubuntu, but I can boot into XP if I need to.
If you haven't already, you should visit www.ubuntu.com and download a CD or DVD image. You can boot it as a live CD and play with it without altering your system. It will run more slowly than if it was installed, and you can't save anything to your hard drive, but it will give you a chance to check it out to see if you might like to install it. Also, if you run the CD from within Windows, you will have the option to install Ubuntu as a Windows app. It won't run as a true OS, but it will allow you to use it more fully than as a live CD before you do a "real" installation. And if you install it within Windows and later want it uninstalled, you can go to Add/Remove Programs in Windows' Control Panel and get rid of it like any other Windows app.
Give it a try. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.