Bugmenot, tricking free registration sites.
.... The bait of restricted content has systematically been exploited
to obtain these precious data through a 'free' registration. In fact,
there's nothing free in selling one's own privacy to people who'll sell
these informations to marketers. The mechanism of automatic form filling,
implemented in the most popular browsers, makes the process even easier
and faster. To protect their own privacy, many fill these forms with
false informations, but the long registration processes often force
the user to accept anyway some kind of tracing mechanism, usually a
browser cookie. Bugmenot is an online tool to fill in the registration
forms of the most famous online services with fake informations, allowing
free access to them without being continuously spied and traced. Of
course, this shortcut doesn't work for pay sites, and some countermeasures
have been taken to avoid the emergence of commercial sites based on
this policy, such as not publishing the database and the invulnerability
to scripts. Refusing to be 'profiled' is an important opposition to
a practice unconsciously accepted by millions of users and, at the same
time, is a slap in the face of 'personal data capitalists' who think
they can steal everyone's personal choices.
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