The Deck’s Updated Privacy Statement

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.

Privacy invasion — Vodafone Spain has become the new NSA

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.