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    It’s ironic (or sad?) that Techcrunch site itself has a cookie consent wall that blocks you from seeing anything on the page until you accept or if you don’t want to accept from what I see you have to click on pretty much more than 1000 different advertising partners to opt out. Completely against what the content itself says.

    I’m hoping that the new ePrivacy Regulation will make this behaviour harder for bad actors: “The new rule will be more user-friendly as browser settings will provide for an easy way to accept or refuse tracking cookies and other identifiers”

    https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/proposal-eprivacy-regulation

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      I’m actually unable to access the website: umatrix gives me the following error.

      uMatrix has prevented the following page from loading:

      https://guce.advertising.com/collectIdentifiers?sessionId=3_cc-session_9ea9127b-19ef-4dd6-81f0-0b1ecdc17f14

      I think the domain doesn’t need any explanation.

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        The thing is particularly malicious.

        You click on an innocent url that points to “techcrunch.com”. Then the techcrunch site redirects your query to to the site “advertising.com”, with some identifiers of your session and, presumably, of the techcrunch site. Finally the advertising site, after having processed your case, redirects you back to the techcrunch page that you wanted to read in the first place.

        I wonder whether the administrators of a technical website thought that their readers wouldn’t notice this shit. Or maybe they don’t care. Are they evil, or simply idiotic?

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          My guess is that it’s a workaround for browser privacy protections that block 3rd party requests, so the trackers make you visit them as 1st party, so that they don’t get blocked.

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            My guess is that it’s a workaround for browser privacy protections that block 3rd party requests, so the trackers make you visit them as 1st party, so that they don’t get blocked.

            So bad, my browser blocked the double redirection as “fishy”.

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          How do you set up uMatrix to block that page from loading? Out-of-the-box uMatrix doesn’t show the advertising.com website on the switchboard. Did techcrunch change it up?

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            Not sure if there’s something special on my configuration but this was not blocked through the matrix configuration: as @coco said, the initial link looks fine but the website immediately redirects to advertising.com which then redirects to the actual website. The whole intermediate page was blocked, not only parts of it.

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        man it’d sure be neat if there was a setting in every mainstream browser that dictated whether or not you wanted to be tracked. they could call it “Do Not Track”. shame that’s not the world we live in though

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          Too bad that an advertising company makes the browser with 68% market share.

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            but if we can’t track everything you do online, how are we going to make money? /s

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            Archive to avoid the cookie consent wall and phone design : http://archive.fo/cqrNx