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: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/24/opinion/facebook-google-apps-data.html
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. https://www.fastcompany.com/90414691/most-people-dont-understand-privacy-and-thats-a-huge-opportunity-for-design
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. https://twitter.com/rebeccamkern/status/1184828414815080454
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: https://www.wsj.com/articles/political-campaigns-track-cellphones-to-identify-and-target-individual-voters-11570718889
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. https://roboform-blog.siber.com/2019/10/16/roboform-now-with-duckduckgo/
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: https://spreadprivacy.com/duckduckgo-search-improvements/
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 https://spreadprivacy.com/duckduckgo-search-improvements/
Your loved ones deserve privacy this year, so @jmorse_ came up with privacy-focused holiday gift recommendations:
• Phantom Glasses to block facial recognition
• #FLIRONE to spot hidden surveillance cameras
• A yearly subscription for @buyvpnservice https://mashable.com/article/tech-gift-guide-for-privacy/
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. https://help.twitter.com/en/information-and-ads
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." https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/23/opinion/data-internet-privacy-tracking.html
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. https://spreadprivacy.com/privacy-weekly-newsletter/
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 https://www.fastcompany.com/90407095/architecture-is-a-unexpectedly-good-metaphor-for-online-privacy
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. https://gizmodo.com/online-depression-tests-are-collecting-and-sharing-your-1837876776
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. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/privacysafe-secure-data-storage
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 https://www.wired.com/story/ios-13-security-privacy-features-settings/
We are the Internet privacy company that lets you take control of your information, without any tradeoffs. Welcome to the Duck Side!
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