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Floodwatch (delisted)

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What ads are you being served as you browse? Use this extension to find out.

Image from store Floodwatch
Description from store We spend hours a day online, and we see ads on every webpage we visit. But we don’t have any way of tracking the ads we’re being served — we don’t even know how many ads the average person sees in a given day. The ad industry currently has the power to gather whatever information they want about you and tailor their marketing strategies to whoever they’ve decided you are. This is not only invasive, it’s resulting in a browsing environment that constantly reinforces a demographic identity being ascribed to you by corporations — if they think you’re an upper middle-class woman in her 30s you might see only ads for fancy purses, diapers and wedding gowns, while your lower-income male counterpart might see ads for payday loans, big-screen TVs and fast food. We want to take back control over our data and fight against surveillance advertising, but to do that we need tools to understand what the ad industry is up to. Floodwatch is a Chrome extension that tracks the ads you see as you browse the internet. It offers tools to help you understand both the volume and the types of ads you’re being served during the course of normal browsing, with the goal of increasing awareness of how advertisers track your browsing behavior, build their version of your online identity, and target their ads to you as an individual. We want to assemble the largest amount of advertising data we can — and then not give it to the advertisers. We want to empower everyday users with at least as much information as the advertisers have about them, and put choice back in your hands Floodwatch is currently in its Alpha release. We’re bringing more users on board, and the more users we have the more detailed picture we can start to develop about how the ad industry is using our information. As we grow, our next steps include improving our ad detection algorithm, automatic ad classification, and developing further analytical and visualization tools to help you understand how your ad data compares to others’, and further work on reverse-engineering ad profiles to gain insight into advertisers’ methodologies. We need your help in making Floodwatch a tool that can make a real difference in empowering users to take back their browsing - please download to support. Our privacy policy is available at http://floodwatch.o-c-r.org/privacy.html

Latest reviews

  • (2016-12-06) tracy callinan: wish i could rate it less than 1. Nothing works......
  • (2016-09-22) Roland Vermiglio: I deleted it, But its a stupid virus.
  • (2015-08-22) Aaron Paton: Doesn't work and there is no way to uninstall. Very upset.
  • (2014-11-26) Sarah Hughes: If you're concerned about advertisers tracking your browsing history and want to better understand how/why ads follow you around, Floodwatch is just the tool. It's still in beta but it's been improving constantly since I installed it, and it's really cool to be able to visualize all the marketing thrown at me as I use the web. The idea of putting the data being gathered about me back into my hands is really compelling too. Thumbs up.
  • (2014-11-25) Jim Whitney: DO NOT ADD THIS TO YOUR BROWSER!!! They won't allow me to delete it, after it doesn't work.
  • (2014-10-23) Renato Araujo: Aqui ainda no funcionou! Estou usando chromium no ubuntu 14.04 32 bits. Já uso há uma semana, a página simplesmente não carrega, só pela metade. Fica buscando e nada.
  • (2014-10-18) Kelly Ellis: Doesn't actually work. Won't show my ads.
  • (2014-10-15) moe moe: Requires registration to work. No thanks!

Latest issues

  • (2020-08-05, v:0.7.14) Mario Fornoff: DELETING FLOODWATCH
  • (2018-05-03, v:0.7.14) Jorge Cabral de Oliveira: not able to create an account
    Hi, I'm trying to create an account but the server is not responding
  • (2015-09-08, v:0.7.12) Chris Sobczak: lost password username
    I have given up trying to log in I cannot remember the password/username I in the process of uninstalling it
  • (2015-07-28, v:0.7.12) Meaghan T: cant delete the app
    I want to delete this and its not clear how to stop it from popping up everytime I open chrome. Very frustrating. how do I uninstall it?
  • (2015-06-30, v:0.7.9) Robin Felix: Not loadingg data
    The extension is stuck trying to load the data. it worked perfectly for 1 month and now it suddently stopped. Is there a way you can fix this soon?
  • (2015-03-09, v:0.7.6) Lorraine Jones: Not collecting data
    Still says no ads detected more than a week after installing...
  • (2015-03-02, v:0.7.6) Mathew Trivett: Doesn't appear to collect ads?
    Installed and created account but doesn't seem to log any ads at all?
  • (2015-01-02, v:0.7.4) Caroline Zaoui: Floodwatch on Mozilla?
    Why is this only available as a Chrome extension? I'd like to use it on Mozilla.
  • (2014-12-10, v:0.7.3) Marina Muilwijk: Doesn't seem to work
    It starts looking for my ads, but never finds any. The indicator just keeps spinning. It also doesn't seem to remember my setting for sharing my ads with the researchers.
  • (2014-11-16, v:0.7.2) Heitor Varvaki Prazeres: AdBlock
    Does it work with the adblock extension? I'd like to know more about this ad world, but I don't want to see the ads... and I don't want to subscribe to discover later that it doesn't work with adblock
  • (2014-10-15, v:0.7) Rob Kramer: Seems to have stopped working overnight
    logged in, and after looking for ads suggests the following. Not sure where to get the bug report tho WE RAN INTO AN ERROR RETRIEVEING YOUR AD PLACEMENTS. PLEASE TRY AGAIN, OR CONTACT [email protected] TO FILE A BUG REPORT.


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3.0 (20 votes)
Last update / version
2015-11-30 / 0.7.14
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