Four short links: 3 March 2020

Privacy, HTTP Proxies, Covid-19 and Remote Work, and Tech Writing

By Nat Torkington
March 3, 2020
Four Short Links
  1. Facebook’s Incomplete Download Your Data (Privacy International) — Despite Facebook claim, “Download Your Information” doesn’t provide users with a list of all advertisers who uploaded a list with their personal data. As a user, this means you can’t exercise your rights under GDPR because you don’t know which companies have uploaded data to Facebook. Information provided about the advertisers is also very limited (just a name and no contact details), preventing users from effectively exercising their rights. Recently announced Off-Facebook feature comes with similar issues, giving little insight into how advertisers collect your personal data and how to prevent such data collection. (via Bruce Schneier)
  2. Proxy Verifieran HTTP replay tool designed to verify the behavior of HTTP proxies. It builds a verifier-client binary and a verifier-server binary which each read a set of YAML or JSON files that specify the HTTP traffic for the two to exchange. Open source from Yahoo.
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  4. Stripe’s Covid-19 Company Plan — great time to be a remote working consultant, although I’m sure nobody with entrenched on-site culture wants to hear what’s involved to enable long-term sustainable useful remote work (i.e., change your crappy practices that favor in-office staff, move comms to a slower channel for people who aren’t online all at once because they’re visiting the doctor, etc.).
  5. Google’s Tech-Writing CourseThis collection of courses and learning resources aims to improve your technical documentation. Learn how to plan and author technical documents.
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