""When our parents tell us what we can and can’t do, when they try to control and restrict our choices, we rebel — but with Google and Facebook, it is OK. Why?"

@rom on why you shouldn't be OK with being surveilled. medium.com/m/global-identity?r

PSA: so-called "incognito mode" doesn't block online trackers. It only deletes browser history on your local computer or device.

We offer a private mobile browser & private browsing extension that actually blocks trackers (in addition to private search): duckduckgo.com/app

In a study by @PrivoltaAds, they found that "on average, it would take five times as long to opt out as it did to opt in for data collection."

@alfredwkng explains the scale of the problem, with links to guides for opting out on various platforms. cnet.com/news/default-settings

We nevertheless look forward to the day when Android users in the EU can easily make DuckDuckGo their default search app, and take back their privacy while searching and browsing.

And, we hope that users outside the EU also get this opportunity.

Our own research has reinforced this point: spreadprivacy.com/search-engin .

A consumer-friendly search preference menu should include the most common Google alternatives, and more than four choices. Sadly, the current version in Europe does not.

A search preference menu can be an excellent way to increase consumer choice, but a pay-to-play auction with only 4 slots isn't right because consumers aren't getting all the choices they deserve and Google profits at the expense of the competition. businessinsider.com/google-fav

"Using location data to reach voters [is] the new normal for both sides of the political spectrum: phone-tracking tech targets people visiting churches, state party meetings, & even Planned Parenthood."

Reduce manipulation by removing apps you don't use. slate.com/technology/2019/12/t

Universities are using tracking tech to monitor students' "academic performance, analyze their conduct & assess their mental health."

We encourage students to a) be aware of the prevalance of this, and b) push back to protect their right to privacy. washingtonpost.com/technology/

RT @edri
This morning, we found our Brussels office aka the wrapped in a -friendly offline advertisement by @DuckDuckGo. Is it a coincidence? In any case, we find it very fitting.

Since GDPR came into effect in 2018, we've seen a proliferation of popups about cookies & privacy. Sadly they're not going away any time soon, but @EmilyStewartM explains the current situation & why it's important to know that cookies are not always bad. vox.com/recode/2019/12/10/1865

Haven't thought of a resolution yet? Don't worry. We've got one for you.

Click the link to see all 5 steps to take back your privacy online: spreadprivacy.com/privacy-reso

2019 saw a lot of activity around face surveillance & recognition. Fortunately, thanks to efforts by local communities & the @EFF's About Face campaign, some areas now have regulations and even bans. Add your voice so this protection is expanded further. eff.org/deeplinks/2019/12/year

Have you heard of Thinkrace? They manufacture child-tracking smartwatches, often for other, better-known brand names, but security flaws mean location and even voice recordings could be accessed by others.

The best advice is to stop using these devices. news.yahoo.com/cloud-flaws-exp

Yet again we see that anonymized location data is not really anonymous. The huge dataset in this study revealed homes, relationships and more, and originated from tracking code within apps. We strongly advise removing any unneeded apps on your phone. nytimes.com/interactive/2019/1

Do you know a child who got an Internet-connected device over the holidays?

Follow these tips by @ISC2Cares to keep their (and your) privacy protected, including explaining the risks of sharing info, and changing a device's default password ASAP.


Whatever your plans

for twenty-twenty,

happy new year from us

with privacy-a-plenty!

Have you been getting privacy policy updates in your inbox recently? That's due to CCPA, a new Californian privacy law coming into effect tomorrow (Jan 1st) that affects users worldwide.
@kerrymflynn explains what it all means. edition.cnn.com/2019/12/26/med

Keyless access tech in apartments means tenants know who's been in their home, but landlords also have access to that data & no laws control what they do with it.
"It’s the wild west & few have even noticed the problem," says @McKeeTenantsPAC nytimes.com/2019/12/17/opinion

Still not convinced it's time to ? This might change your mind.

Recently, "Facebook acknowledged it also targets ads based on the limited location information it receives when users turn off or limit tracking." cnbc.com/2019/12/17/facebook-r

With more sensors than a smartphone but far less transparency into the data they collect, cars have been overlooked as the privacy-risk-on-wheels that they are.

We want makers to do the right thing: tell us where the data goes & how we can control it. washingtonpost.com/technology/

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