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Adblockers don’t break the law. Except when they do.

Is it illegal to block ads? No. According to?multiple court cases, the choice to filter your own http requests?is legal and ultimately up to you.?It’s your computer (or your mobile device). You have the right to decide which?content and scripts enter?your system. The best way to understand this right is that adblockers are basically?”selective downloaders“. […]

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Adblock Plus’ business model ruled illegal by German court

  In a legal victory for German publisher Axel Springer, a German court has ruled that Adblock Plus’ can no longer charge the publisher fees?for whitelisting its ads. Currently, Adblock Plus generates revenue via its “Acceptable Ads”??program?which allows publishers to pay to bypass Adblock Plus’ ad?filters. In order to participate in the Acceptable Ads program, […]

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European governments begin deciding on Adblock detection

  For the past few months, privacy activists have been accusing publishers that?detect (and forbid entry to) adblock users of breaking the law. ?This past week, European national governments started?to weigh-in on the legal issues of adblock detection. The claim made by activists is that detecting adblock?runs afoul of the 2002 ePrivacy directive?on the grounds […]

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What GroupM gets wrong about ad reinsertion

Last week, GroupM, the world’s largest media investment and technology group, started?advising?buyers to cease purchases of?inventory?from companies working on ad-reinsertion technologies. What’s ad reinsertion? Tech companies,?like?SourcePoint, PageFair or newly announced, Admiral offer solutions to publishers which include serving?ads to readers even if they?have ad blockers enabled. Why cease purchasing this inventory? Because GroupM sees ads […]

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Adblocking and its dangerous arguments – Part II

This is a continuation of Part I – where we discussed malware, the phony?”moral” arguments of adblockers and the rising problem of?walled-gardens.   “Find a better business model”: The myth of the alternative?revenue model As revenues collapse and publishers are forced to downsize, one piece of often-repeated ‘advice’ from the ad-blocking camp goes like this: […]

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Adblock detection and the EU GDPR

Does not apply The?full current?text of the EU GDPR?is now available online. After reading the entire document, what is clear?is?that the “personal data” protections afforded by the GDPR do not apply to the vast majority of anti-adblock defenses used by publishers?(including BlockAdblock). Why should we care about?the GDPR? WikiWand has puts it like this: “The […]

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Adblocking and its dangerous arguments – Part I

Adblocking companies are sprouting up across the digital landscape, all making similar promises of a “better Internet”. From the industry leaders like the original Adblock and it’s successor Adblock Plus, to?established competitors?like AdGuard and Ublock, the pitch is always the same: We are doing this for a better Internet. But the unavoidable, uncomfortable truth is […]

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Blocking Adblock without Javascript

While the rants of a particular activist?bent on misrepresenting technology seem to be capturing the ears of Eurocrats this week — it might serve as a useful reminder that detecting and blocking adblock can be achieved very simply without using Javascript at all. What activists call “detection” is just the perceived action of the script. […]

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About that claim that detecting Adblock may be illegal

  Last week Twitter lit up?when?the European Commission indicated?anti-adblocking technologies like BlockAdblock may?be “illegal”. Before getting into?why this position is based on a technological misunderstanding of how adblocking detection works and how the EC?was led to its position?by one agenda-driven privacy entrepreneur, let’s?get?a little background information out of the way…   The 2009 ePrivacy Directive […]

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Brave browser: Helping publishers earn less

The new Brave browser produced by Javascript-inventor Brendan Eich, promises to “solve” the problem of ad blocking by offering users a choice — and by incentivizing users with?Bitcoin payments to view ads on publishers’ websites. The idea has created a swirl of public attention primarily because users who browse websites with the new browser will […]

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