If you've installed apps on your phone, it's likely some of them contain a software development kit (SDK) which "can turn almost any app into a data harvester."

@cwarzel says we deserve transparency & urges people w/info on SDK usage to get in touch: nytimes.com/2019/09/24/opinion

Those privacy policies we keep agreeing to? Turns out most people don't realize they're entering into a legal contract when they click OK.

A @PewResearch survey on privacy awareness revealed confusion about this, 2FA and so-called "incognito" mode. fastcompany.com/90414691/most-

RT @yegg
Quibbles with this implementation aside, Do Not Track generally is a key piece in the puzzle of strong privacy laws by providing a simple mechanism to avoid invasive data collection and profiling. It can be a one-and-done setting vs. the dark-pattern popups seen today. twitter.com/rebeccamkern/statu

Your location data can be used to target you in election campaigns, "allowing for more granular—& sometimes invasive—voter targeting than has been used before."

Details and tips for how to limit such location tracking on iOS & Android devices: wsj.com/articles/political-cam

RT @roboform
What do a robot and duck have in common? ...Not much, actually But RoboForm and @DuckDuckGo both care about privacy, which is why you can now search via DuckDuckGo in RoboForm. roboform-blog.siber.com/2019/1

A store with nothing for sale except your privacy? That's The Glass Room, run by @Mozilla in . Hands-on exhibits & talks showing how your data is collected & sold, and a Data Detox Kit to help you regain control. Runs from today until Nov 3. theglassroom.org

And finally, we've set up new servers in the Indian subcontinent so more people can enjoy search that is both private *and* super-fast. Find out more about these improvements, and comments from the teams that developed them, on our blog: spreadprivacy.com/duckduckgo-s

More and more people are choosing dark modes and themes, so we felt it was time to update our popular dark theme. Not only that, we've also made it automatically detect when your operating system has dark mode enabled (although you can override this if you wish).

You've been waiting patiently and here it is - a "past year" filter for DuckDuckGo search results! Previously the maximum time length was one month - we've now upped that to 12

In addition to our DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser app and DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials extension, we've been improving DuckDuckGo Private Search and are happy to announce:
* Past year date filter
* Refined dark theme
* Faster speeds in India spreadprivacy.com/duckduckgo-s

Your loved ones deserve privacy this year, so @jmorse_ came up with privacy-focused holiday gift recommendations:

• Phantom Glasses to block facial recognition
to spot hidden surveillance cameras
• A yearly subscription for @buyvpnservice mashable.com/article/tech-gift

Internet-connected devices can be convenient, but the more data they have access to, the more your privacy's at risk. @PrivacyPrivee's tips to protect yourself:

• Create a guest WiFi network
• Change the default password
• Review privacy settings


Like Facebook, it turns out @Twitter has also used users' phone numbers provided for security reasons for advertising purposes.

Another example of why companies should not rely on SMS for 2-factor authentication, but instead use apps like @Authy. help.twitter.com/en/informatio

Phones can leak personal data
Like location & political views,
So why not look through your apps
And delete those you rarely use.

Then go to Settings > Privacy
To see data shared with apps.
Block stuff that should be private
With just a couple of taps.

For days, @fmanjoo logged every site he visited & the hidden trackers on those sites.

“... even expecting [no privacy], I was bowled over by the scale & detail of the tracking... the amount of information collected about my endeavors was staggering." nytimes.com/interactive/2019/0

Now more than ever, there's a need to cut through the noise surrounding privacy. That's why we've launched DuckDuckGo Privacy Weekly, a curated newsletter to highlight important privacy developments & share reliable advice to protect yourself. spreadprivacy.com/privacy-week

A @tatemodern exhibition likens online platforms to architecture to explain the sliding scale of privacy situations, including:

* Public Square = Twitter
* Chatting on a public bench = Facebook
* Your living room = Encrypted chat fastcompany.com/90407095/archi

Sadly, @privacyint found 76% of mental health sites studied had "had trackers for marketing purposes."

"Block 3rd party cookies, use... anti-tracking extensions, & do due diligence before filling out online mental health tests," says @MelanieHannah. gizmodo.com/online-depression-

Want to avoid storing sensitive data in the cloud?

@PrivacySafe_AI is running an Indigogo campaign for an pocket-sized physical data safe, packed with strong encryption, virus scanning, and more. indiegogo.com/projects/privacy

If you're an iPhone user, you've likely downloaded the new iOS 13 (go, you!). @davidnield lays out all the ways the latest version keeps you even more protected, including:

• Sign in w/Apple
• Block Bluetooth access
• Strip location data from photos wired.com/story/ios-13-securit

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Mirrored.Social [BETA]

This Mastodon instance is dedicated to mirroring the social media accounts of interesting/useful people and organizations from elsewhere on the Internet. At least until such time as they create their own accounts on the Mastodon network.

If you control an account that is being mirrored here and would like to make changes to how that's done (or not done), please contact Dave Wood via @davewoodx@mastodon.social.

Like this idea? Help support the costs and development at Patreon.

Currently in Beta status. Please let me know if you see bugs or issues.

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1Password [NEW]

1Password Status [NEW]

Android [NEW]

AppStore [NEW]

App Store Games [NEW]

Barack Obama

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CGP Grey [NEW]

Chris Hadfield [NEW]

CommitStrip [NEW]

Daring Fireball

#dearMoon [NEW]

Dianna Cowern

DuckDuckGo [NEW]

Elon Musk*

GitHub [NEW]

GitHub API [NEW]

GitHub Status [NEW]

Have I Been Pwned [NEW]

Internet of Shit*

iTC Status

Jony Ive Parody*

Keybase [NEW]

Let's Encrypt [NEW]

Linode [NEW]

Merge Conflict [NEW]

Marques Brownlee



nginx web server [NEW]

php.net [NEW]

Orbital ATK [NEW]

Overcast [NEW]

Realm [NEW]

Relay FM [NEW]

Ryan Reynolds* [NEW]

Edward Snowden* [NEW]


Tesla [NEW]

Tim Cook [NEW]

Visual Studio [NEW]

Visual Studio App Center [NEW]

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