While cookies have gradually become part of our ‘digital vocabulary’, trackers are still hiding in plain sight. Trackers collect and trade information about your browsing habits. Have you been feeling ill and looking up a certain disease? This could be valuable information for insurance companies. Have you been browsing shops for a new TV for a while? Sold and shared with other retail trackers under your unique user-ID! The more you do online, the more you are worth to tracker companies.
I was happy to discover browser extensions like Ghostery and uBlock exposing the amount of trackers on each website. However, after two days of use I had noticed that I was desensitised to the information they were offering: a little circle and square with the amount of trackers is rather simple to ignore. Trackers should be a huge disturbance; they should make you angry and annoyed, wanting to get rid of them.
Enter Trashing Trackers, the extension that constantly confronts and annoys you. When you visit a website, Trashing Trackers looks for the amount of trackers in the background. Based on the amount of trackers, the website can get distorted from a minor grievance to completely unreadable.
The option to turn off Trashing Trackers is always available. However, when you turn the extension off you are called into action. A closing page tells the user about the amount of trackers that have collected his information and how a distorted website is nothing compared to the real danger of trackers. The page closes with a reference to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organisation that fights for a free and private internet, calling the user into action.
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