reCAPTCHA is one of many "free" systems that are seemingly helpful and innocent, but are actually part of the #Google data-collection ecosphere.

If you are a #website / app #developer, consider using tools & APIs that do not collect user & system information.

If you must use a particular system that integrates with reCAPTCHA or similar, please provide them feedback that you would like alternatives to Google services.

Users, choose to solicit sites that value your #privacy and user data.

@theprivacyfoundation I never understood why I as a user must prove I'm human. Why not turning the cart around, and let the bots prove? Like, honeypotting them with hidden form fields the human visitor won't see? So if that puzzle is solved, the visitor just "proved" to be a bot – while the visiting human wouldn't even try to solve it as it cannot be seen. Problem solved – or did I miss something? Do such solutions exist?

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@IzzyOnDroid There are numerous such checks made. A chief problem is that there is simply so much bot activity, and bad actors try hard to appear human (or at least non-botlike).

And it's not a case of "hey, you're a bot, prove you're human", because it isn't possible to know this in advance. Humans may engage in botlike behaviours, or utilise bots themselves, sometimes legitimately, sometimes not.

The process is complex and uses numerous indicators.

And no, I'm not happy with the results, and fight ReCaptcha myself (toot.cat/@dredmorbius/10437158). But I get why the issue exists.

"Who are you?" --- and "What are you?" --- are the most expensive questions in infotech. No matter how you get them wrong, you're fucked.

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