Via DaringFireball, The Deck’s updated privacy statement reads:
On rare occasions, we have allowed specific advertisers to use a simple 1×1 tracking pixel for limited periods of time. Given the current environment, we’re not going to be doing that any more.
Saying your tracking was limited to an itty-bitty 1×1 tracking pixel, is like saying your lie was little and white. Tracking is tracking, just like a lie is a lie.
The Deck forgot that trust is like a piece of paper—once it’s crumpled, it can’t be perfect again.
This morning, my colleague surfed over to Daring Fireball on his iPhone, via the Vodafone Spain 4G network. Here’s what he saw — a strange red bar appearing at the top of the screen.
Tapping the bar revealed a Vodafone Spain security slide-over, with a “Service Access” button:
Tapping the Service Access button brings us into the “Vodafone Secure Net” area—completely with the obligatory system error message (it is Vodafone after all)—and providing access to user-adjustable security settings, including file and virus blocks, and the blocking of web pages that Vodafone considers insecure.
Finally, tapping the hamburger menu icon provides access to an area where a user can view their access records.
It’s currently empty—presumably due to the same system error behind the error message on the first screen—but one thing is clear: The intent of the system is to track and record all the websites I visit using my iPhone, and so Vodafone Spain has become the new NSA.