2018 was a breakout year for online privacy, the likes of which we haven't seen since the surveillance revelations of 2013.
In 2018, we expanded beyond search and, thanks to you , our searches leapt 63% to 31 million daily (and up 723% since 2013).
A valuable list from @ORCA_Alliance of "tools & techniques to protect your identity, history, & personal data online," including:
• VPNs → @expressvpn, @hidemyass, @NordVPN
• Search engine → @DuckDuckGo
• Messaging Apps → @telegram @signalapp https://medium.com/@ORCA_Alliance/5-simple-ways-to-protect-your-privacy-online-2c05e21f3bd2
A great case study from @Digiday showing that companies can profit w/out hyper-targeted ads!
Ad revenue grew for @nytimes when they started using more private contextual & geographic ads, instead of behavioral targeting in Europe post-GDPR. https://digiday.com/media/new-york-times-gdpr-cut-off-ad-exchanges-europe-ad-revenue/
Post-CES, @reckless discusses the future of smart TVs w @VIZIO's Bill Baxter, who confirms they can monitor "whatever the TV sees."
If you don't know what data your TV is collecting or how it's used, now's a good time to dig through its privacy settings. https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/7/18172397/airplay-2-homekit-vizio-tv-bill-baxter-interview-vergecast-ces-2019
ICYMI Apple CEO @tim_cook’s op-ed calling for strong privacy legislation.
"[E]very user should have the chance to say, ‘Wait a minute. That’s my information that you’re selling, and I didn’t consent.’” http://time.com/collection-post/5502591/tim-cook-data-privacy/
Surveillance tech "can cause... an insidious form of anxiety that is particularly dangerous for our health."
@KaleighRogers says "we may have invited a lot of this surveillance into our lives...but it doesn’t mean we have to continue to accept it." https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/pa5d9g/what-constant-surveillance-does-to-your-brain
There are many ways children can protect themselves from companies like Google and Facebook, which track them to target them with ads.
Here's a collection of resources from @CdnChildProtect to educate the children in your life about online privacy: https://protectkidsonline.ca/app/en/
Internet-linked microphones are privacy-flawed & can collect & use data w/out consent, says @msjpauly.
Google Home recordings "can become part of Google’s already ultra-specific profile of you as a consumer, that companies pay Google to target with ads." https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/01/amazon-echo-alexa-google-home-spying-on-me/
Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling for the establishment of a clearinghouse where all data brokers must register and allow consumers to track how their data is being used. https://www.axios.com/tim-cook-congress-privacy-regulation-apple-6fba9cb0-6f14-4c81-9512-7e517619c845.html?stream=top-stories&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=limstream
A grim forecast for The Weather Channel app: it’s owner (IBM) is being sued by @CityAttorneyLA for allegedly tricking users into sharing their granular location info with 3rd parties.
Delete this app along with any apps you don’t regularly use. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/04/weather-channel-app-lawsuit-location-data-selling
Many people don't realize that several popular platforms they use (e.g. Waze, WhatsApp, YouTube, Instagram) are actually owned by larger companies (in these cases Facebook & Google) who use your data to target you with ads, or worse .
Spread awareness: https://spreadprivacy.com/facebook-whatsapp/
Check it out with some examples:
Search for an address:
Search for a geographical place:
Search for a type of business:
Search for places nearby:
We're excited to announce that maps on DuckDuckGo are now powered by Apple Maps. We are proud to be among the first global companies using MapKit JS framework, and you, dear users, get improved map results, and all still private, of course. https://spreadprivacy.com/duckduckgo-apple-mapkit-js/
• Reconsider how (& if) you use Facebook
• Stop oversharing with Google
• Use only strong passwords https://www.techlicious.com/tip/tech-resolutions-for-2019/