Facebook recently argued in court that privacy on their platform does not exist, but at the same time tried to declare their stance as a privacy protector...

@kalevleetaru discusses the ways the company is violating user privacy today. forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/

Stanford University computer scientists, lead by @MonicaSLam, are working on building a privacy-minded virtual assistant, as an alternative to virtual assistants that have "access to a broader & more personal range of data than a search engine." nytimes.com/2019/06/14/technol

Is your browser protecting your privacy enough? @davidnield suggests trying our browser on mobile and browser extension on desktop for "maximum privacy with minimal effort."

With one download, you can take back your privacy: duckduckgo.com/app wired.com/story/privacy-browse

In today's surveillance economy, you are the product.

Kickstarter project, Winston, is a hardware filter designed to take back your privacy online: preventing 3rd party data collection, filtering cookies, & more.

You can check it out here: kickstarter.com/projects/winst

Yes, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) is likely spying on your web browsing, and yes, DuckDuckGo can help you significantly cut down on their ability to spy on you.

Our CEO & Founder, @yegg, explains how: quora.com/Is-it-true-that-my-I

When's the last time you read a privacy policy (& actually understood it)?

Analyzing 150 companies, @kevselfpromotes found the avg. takes 18 min to read & required college-level reading ability. They were "created by lawyers, for lawyers," says @kingjen. nytimes.com/interactive/2019/0

iPhone user? @jmorse_ has 7 privacy-focused steps to protect personal data on your phone, including:

• Revoke location, mic, & camera access from apps that don't need it
• Enable "Limit ad tracking"
• Disable lock screen message previews mashable.com/article/apple-iph

Surprise, surprise. Big Ad Tech is lobbying *against* strong privacy laws, arguing they hurt the ad market, create high costs for businesses & curb innovation.

In his @nytimes op-ed, our CEO & Founder @yegg explains why "these are all weak arguments." nytimes.com/2019/06/19/opinion

This reinforces our resolve to work with policymakers to ensure consumers take back control of their personal data.

Read about our testimony in front of the US State Senate: spreadprivacy.com/us-senate-te
And about our proposed Do Not Track Act:spreadprivacy.com/do-not-track

We learned:

• 60% believe the right to privacy should be part of their Constitution
• 80% support national privacy law protecting them from corporation data misuse & ~73% from governmental data misuse
• 66% support giving citizens the right to protect their privacy in court

Do Americans want strong privacy laws? Survey says: Yes!

We polled 1,182 US adults & found regardless of where a person falls on the political spectrum, they’re not complacent about the violations of personal data by companies & government. spreadprivacy.com/privacy-legi

A new study suggests behavioral (aka creepy) advertising only increases publisher ad revenues by 4%.

Companies don't need to invade your privacy to be profitable; we never do! Read more about our business model: quora.com/What-is-the-revenue- wsj.com/articles/behavioral-ad

Facebook now publicly praises privacy, but in court they present a different message saying “There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy” & "You have to closely guard something to have a reasonable expectation of privacy." Um, no. dailydot.com/debug/facebook-la

Apple announced new restrictions to prevent third-party advertising or analytics in apps for children.

"At least kids [now] have a fighting chance of keeping their iPhone data private," says @zackwhittaker. We want to see this for Android & the Web too. techcrunch.com/2019/06/03/appl

Under GDPR, companies are required to erase consumers' personal data when a user withdraws their consent.

In the EU? Use Opt Out (free & open-sourced) to exercise this right by generating GDPR Erasure request emails to have your data removed. opt-out.eu

"For consumers, the time has come to say *no more.* We need to reclaim our privacy, our freedom to make choices without fear. Our data is out there, but we have the political power to prevent inappropriate uses." — @Moonalice nytimes.com/2019/06/03/opinion

Sick of always feeling like someone's watching you (or listening to you) online?

Our CEO and Founder, @yegg, fills you in on the biggest tracker networks (hint: #1, 2 & 3 are G, FB, and TW)., and how you can stop them using DuckDuckGo. quora.com/What-are-the-biggest

“Nobody should have to choose between using the internet & protecting their own data,” @amarasingham of @ACLUMaine has said.

We agree, & applaud the State of Maine's new law mandating ISPs cannot sell consumers’ private internet data w/out consent. engadget.com/2019/05/31/maine-

The new daily mantra of Amazon Alexa owners?
“Alexa, delete everything I said today”.

@natjlevy reports you can now delete recordings with a simple voice command, but sadly only a partial day's worth.“ Alexa, delete what I just said” also works. geekwire.com/2019/now-can-eras

This ep of @DKThomp's Crazy/Genius podcast explores “how privacy became the most important idea on the internet—& why it’s still so confusing.”

For example: why was a kids' toy storing voice data with a data firm that sells such info to the military? theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/

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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.

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Barack Obama

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CommitStrip [NEW]

Daring Fireball

#dearMoon [NEW]

Dianna Cowern

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GitHub [NEW]

GitHub API [NEW]

GitHub Status [NEW]

Have I Been Pwned [NEW]

Internet of Shit*

iTC Status

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Keybase [NEW]

Let's Encrypt [NEW]

Linode [NEW]

Merge Conflict [NEW]

Marques Brownlee

NASA

NGINX, Inc. [NEW]

nginx web server [NEW]

php.net [NEW]

Orbital ATK [NEW]

Overcast [NEW]

Realm [NEW]

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Ryan Reynolds* [NEW]

Edward Snowden* [NEW]

SpaceX

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Visual Studio App Center [NEW]

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