Repeatedly grants Google+ blocking exceptions Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Most of the time TACO Abine works well enough. But it has evidently been "updated" to keep re-granting Google+ a blocking exception: I must manually re-apply — and re-apply and re-apply and re-apply and re-apply, ad infinitum — blocking of Google+ tracking when using Google Reader.
Based on what I've learned, I suspect this new behavior isn't a "bug" but rather a new designed-in limitation of TACO. For a start, this new behavior has been reported by other users of this extension. Additionally, Abine's site provides no answers; and an email to Abine support resulted in a "read the FAQs" form letter and no follow-up. Makes me wonder who got paid off to cripple TACO's blocking of Google+ and when.
Long story short, when TACO does as it has been told it works pretty well. But as other users have indicated, TACO gives all appearance of having been intentionally crippled so as to keep overriding user choices for Google+ for sites / pages such as GReader…
EDIT: Received the following email response from Abine:
"I do not believe that there is a way to permanently tell TACO to block Google +1. It is an older product and we have since replaced most of its functionality with our newer product Do Not Track +. DNT+ is also a browser addon for IE, Firefox…"
Switching to DNTMe will solve this problem
I'll echo whoever in support got back to you and say that TACO is an old product that we learned from and greatly improved upon in our newer tracker-blocking add-on, DoNotTrackMe (DNTMe). Whatever problem you're having in TACO with Google +1 shouldn't be replicated in DNTMe. In fact, one of the product's key functions is blocking the major social buttons by default and replacing them with identical--but safe--placeholder buttons. That way, you can choose to share, but they won't be tracking you until you make a conscious choice to use them. You can get DNTMe at https://www.abine.com/dntdetail.php. Thanks, and I hope this takes care of your issue.