I’ve been using Duck Duck Go as my search engine for over a year now. While I occasionally need to go back to Google for things, most of the time the first result from Duck Duck Go has what I’m looking for.
This is a great overview about how tracking and advertising do not need to go hand in hand. Advertising without the invasive tracking is still very profitable, and I’m sure if companies like Google and Facebook wanted to, they could make it work, they chose not to.
"Once enabled, Samba TV can track nearly everything that appears on the TV on a second-by-second basis, essentially reading pixels to identify network shows and ads, as well as programs on Netflix and HBO and even video games played on the TV. Samba TV has even offered advertisers the ability to base their targeting on whether people watch conservative or liberal media outlets and which party’s presidential debate they watched."
My TV isn't "smart", but if I ever did have a smart TV, I wouldn't hook it up to the internet.
“We were representing a 3-year-old in court recently who had been separated from the parents. And the child — in the middle of the hearing — started climbing up on the table,” said Lindsay Toczylowski, executive director of Immigrant Defenders Law Center in Los Angeles. “It really highlighted the absurdity of what we’re doing with these kids.”