Finn Brunton & @HNissenbaum on why privacy is crucial: "Those who know about us have power over us [to] deny employment, deprive of credit, restrict movements, refuse shelter,..., manipulate thinking, suppress autonomy, & limit access to the good life."

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower @chrisinsilico says regulators must pass rules that put consumer [data privacy] first.

“You can still make a profit. You can still make money. But you have to consider the rights and safety of people.”

We're delighted to have joined the World Wide Web Consortium (@w3c), contributing to global standards with privacy in mind as part of our mission to raise the standard of trust online.

"We must consider longer-term implications of commercial high-resolution satellite images that can identify individuals or license plates from space. We're not ready for the ethical boundaries this invasion of privacy will cross," argues @indyfromspace.

"Companies [need] privacy experts to help them obey proliferating laws on how consumers' data can be used," says @jenniferkingson, "but it's hard to find people w/the expertise to do it."

Want to be a privacy expert? Check out:

Foursquare CEO @JeffGlueck op-ed getting specific about how laws around location data should work:
1. Explicitly state how data will be used
2. User ability to opt-out
3. "Do no harm" standard


DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials is only available for desktop browsers. For mobile, we provide DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser for iOS and Android, which is a mobile app that uses the same technology to give you privacy protection wherever you go on the web.

While not part of the extension, don’t forget you can also make your searches private too by setting DuckDuckGo Search as your default.

Enjoy protection from third-party trackers as you browse the web with the built-in content blocker, and see its benefits thanks to the privacy dashboard, including privacy grades for every website.

Desktop Safari users: we're delighted to announce that our DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials browser extension is now available again for you! (Requires Safari 13 and macOS Catalina.)

If you didn’t realize we had a mobile browser, check it out along with our desktop browser extension — they each have the privacy essentials you need to seamlessly search and browse privately:

Thank you users, whoever you are! We've hit a record of 50 million private searches a day thanks to your use of our privacy protection tools, especially our mobile browser.

That's over 500 a second and 18 Billion a year. 

Real-world example 1,000 of why strong anti-surveillance laws are a must: Chinese Communist Party propaganda app has “superuser” access to over 100m Android phones, including messages, photos, contacts, browsing history, & ability to enable audio devices.

You might be laughing along with this video, but the sad truth is that most people aren't doing enough to keep themselves password-protected. Along with @Accellis's tip to use a password manager, we also recommend using 2FA wherever possible.

Our tips:

Mac users, have you upgraded to the new Catalina macOS yet? @davidnield explains how Apple promises to make your device "safer & better protected", including:

• Apps are forced to ask for access permission
• Weak password alerts
• Mail sender block

The amount of personal info social media accounts have on you is spooky. But this article can help control your privacy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.

But "...even with your settings dialed in, be careful what you share, and with whom."

Clearly, we think DuckDuckGo Search is a great search engine, as we hope you do too! Our CEO & Founder, @yegg, explains our privacy-by-design functionality along w/many of the features we offer including:

• Maps
• Weather
• News
• !bangs

And more:

Governments across the world are considering search preference menus as a way to reinvigorate competition, reports @riptari.

People have pent-up demand for alternatives, especially for private search!

At noon ET today, catch DuckDuckGo's General Counsel & Head of Policy, @megangrA, discuss how DuckDuckGo is run with a privacy-friendly business model — we believe that should be the standard.


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