If you’re a developer and you cannot make an app without riddling it with surveillance-based components and APIs by Google, Facebook, etc., you’re a really bad developer.

Stop being so careless, lazy, and thoughtless and learn how to make apps that respect people’s rights.


@aral Whilst I agree with this in spirit, the practical result of being *this* principled a dev is that you can't work for most employers. The issue's MUCH bigger than an individual dev and you hurt your message by calling so many of your peers "careless and lazy" like this. Would *love* to unpack this issue: e.g. what to do when your product management/marketing/CEO insists on using GA.

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