November 27, 2012

The True Price of "Free" Online

Heuer & Tranberg, Daily Dot

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Have you heard the one about the two pigs chatting in a pen? “Great place to hang out,” says one pig. “Even the food is free!” Keep this joke in mind next time you sign up for “free” sharing and “free” storage. In the age of persistent tracking, there is no such as thing as “free.” Every time we sign up for a new free service on the web and install an app, we are paying for it. Yet we don’t know what that price is, because the very system is built to obfuscate or hide it.

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TAGGED: privacy, internet


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