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Thank you. Indeed it was turned on, so I turned it off and reset. (To others, this toggle is found at bottom of "Privacy." )
If this was the source, I suppose that makes Apple the culprit. That giant ad was crazy, horrifying, very un-apple like. Reminded me of searching years ago on my friends Windows PC.
I hope Tim Cook codifies and pledges to his heavily invested customers that Apple will defend against such "abuses." And let customers easily tailor their ad intake. I live in a heavily marketed zip code. Even public buses have giant billboard ads for condoms. AR opens whole world of advertising. (Glad none on Apple's Statue of Liberty) Lay out some guidance to your sucessors Mr Cook, while you can think clearly. AI might help by a series of pieces. What does EFF think? Harvard group? IEEE or ACM Subgroup, Cato, etc etc.
Never thought of that gay privacy angle with regard to ads and personal security. Privacy is probably more a visceral issue to Tim Cook because I imagine he was gay at a time when accidently coming out was probably dangerous in some spots of US. Anyway now that's a big plus for Apple and to me helps make his privacy statements more credible. Privacy is key issue not just for this, grappling w abortions, medical issues, but also for finances. Don't you think Russian or Chinese agents would love to know who has highest student debt in certain strategic industries in US, Europe, Japan, etc.? Privacy is even more than a personal issue. Finally more people are wising up.
What irks me more are the smaller guys online who advertise ApplePay upfront, so you fill up a cart, and then it disappears on checkout. I'm not implying intentional bait and switch, but it recently happened to me on nuts.com and globebrands.com. They both inquired by email why I left my cart, and I told them about the disappearing apple logo on checkout.