DO NOT USE TUMBLR LIVE
So I've been warning people to not use the tumblr live feature and i had this discussion in the notes of one of the people i warned
for the first part here MEETME talks about how creating an account (downloading) (or having a tumblr account that auto updated to include the tumblr live feature (which is a vast majority of the tumblr mobile population in the US rn)) automatically makes any information they collect visible to any of the partners they have
the three partners mentioned there Skout Flurv and Boy Ahoy are all dating sites that promote primarily their location tracking fuck all knows what they want with your live data most likely they want to advertise singles near you??? but MEETME's other current partners are apps like PlentyfFish Zoosk Chispa and Badoo which is Match.com and Bumble
as far as the location information goes what its saying here is that they collect the location information when you first register for tumblr live when you first log in and whenever your phone is on even if youre not using tumblr live
what does it use this information for??? well advertising purposes of course!!!
now they try to get around saying they dont track your location or share it with other users by using this word precise several times now what that means is they have a rough geotag of your location
(your ip address they dont say here its your ip address but in later parts of the document they do in fact say they collect your ip address and if you want an idea how close an ip address can get to your exact location enter your ip address in google maps sometime)
theyre being intentionally vague about that so when you see on the live tab something that says near you you could probably not follow that exactly to said persons house but you can damn well be you will at the very least find their city
heres a reminder to all of you who havent most phones now bury in the settings an option to disable adID do it now!!! but remember that TumblrLive can still use all other information they gather they do not at all process do not track signals so you arent safe there and what data would that be that they can collect other than your location and adID??? glad you asked!!!
this is a non exhaustive list which means there is DEFINITELY other data they collect about and from you
so they collect:
your email and phone number
any info in your tumblr bio
any metadata connected to any photo youve ever uploaded
cookies and beacon
which devices you use
which features you use
which pages you visit
which chats you use
anything in your private chats or posts
anything from any connected social media accounts
how well ads are doing
what youre interested in
and in some cases even your biometric information
and what do they do with this information???
ads of course
and to give anything they want to cops :)
i dont make this post in order to like ruin peoples fun when it comes to this new feature or to try to talk down to anyone or make anyone feel stupid or anything im not here to make fun of people or belittle anyone but i think its real fucking important people know what privacy rights they are forfeiting by having their phone on right now with this new feature
also everyone please feel free to give a kind fuck you to tumblrs current ceo @photomatt
TLDR: DONT USE TUMBLR LIVE
This is a lot of text just to tell you the main thing you can do is DONT use Live.
BUT YOU CAN DO MORE. YOU CAN BLOCK ITS CONNECTIONS FROM YOUR PHONE ENTIRELY.
Step 1) Install a DNS-based adblocker if you don't have one. The best one available on Android and iOS is Blokada. It's free to use and straightforward to set up.
Step 2) Block any domains that look related to Tumblr Live. So far I've blocked:api.gateway.tumblr-live.comauth.gateway.tumblr-live.comtmg-stream.gateway.tumblr-live.comvideo-api.gateway.tumblr-live.comvideo-live.gateway.tumblr-live.comassets.video.tumblr-live.com
But if you see any others that look suspicious, block them too!
Now you'll no longer see those tumblr live ads in between posts, and if you go to the Tumblr Live tab, it will simply show nothing!
I see there's some confusion, so let me clarify:
You want to install Blokada 5, which is free. If the first thing you see on Blokada.org is "Cloud" or "Plus," you need to scroll the page.
"Blokada 6" is their set of premium cloud-security and VPN apps, which require a subscription. These are not needed to get system-wide adblocking on your phone!