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MaoistLandlord wrote

How can it expose our IP address? Image upload sites don't show IP addresses to the public.

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__0 OP wrote

Any website you visit can log your IP, any state actor can request the logs from the website... Lots of sites also associate up address with the metadata of the files served from them. It's super easy to keep logs of every visitor to a file on a server. Years ago this would have seen as paranoia but, many platforms leverage their huge amount of data and sell it.

I know for a fact that I am on both watch lists, and probably have a pretty detailed profile from a bunch of different major internet platforms...

Every network of interaction paints a slow pointilist picture of who you are, and niche interests and sites are points were that generalization can quickly become a fingerprint.

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__0 OP wrote

Furthermore when something is a proper online fingerprint you are able to be tracked indefinitely... Think in 2012 you may have listened to a few obscure bands on Spotify or liked a video on YouTube that was going viral at a school you were attending... You went to a concert and bought tickets to a show, so an IP that was associated with an anarchist forum sent a DNS request to ticketmaster.com ... A state actor sent a warrant to Ticketmaster asking what the name of the credit card used to purchase tickets etc.

Basically if you want to do anything illegal or political you have to do it outside any pattern you've already presented....

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