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9:01am on Monday, 25th November, 2019:



I'm seeing ads on web sites at the moment trying to entice me to buy a mixing machine for the kitchen. The reason I'm seeing them is that my wife has been looking for one on Amazon.

She's been looking for them on her tablet, not on my PC, but I'm nevertheless seeing the ads on my PC. This means that if she looks for a surprise Christmas present for me, I'll know. Also, if I look for one for her, she'll know. If I look using an anonymous browser window then she won't know until I buy it; then, there'll be ads asking her if she wants another one.

I've now clicked the "Do not show me interest-based ads provided by Amazon" option that's buried deep in the Amazon preferences section. This means I'll get ads for bonkers things instead, but at least my wife won't see what I'm buying her.

What I really want is an option to restrict ads to a particular device, but I don't see that happening any time soon.

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