The Chinese city of Hangzhou plans to turn it's contact-tracing app into a permanent health tracker. This is a warning sign for nations using surveillance tech to combat COVID-19: "temporary" security measures can outlast the pandemic. https://thenextweb.com/neural/2020/05/26/chinese-citys-health-tracking-surveillance-tech-set-to-outlast-the-pandemic/
A report by @ACLU urges regulators to "skeptically scrutinize" the mass use of thermal screening devices for COVID-19 safety measures due to potential inaccuracies, false sense of security, & privacy implications.
Full report: https://www.aclu.org/aclu-white-paper-temperature-screening-and-civil-liberties-during-epidemic https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-symptoms-temperature-check-fever-screening-devices-inaccuracies/
"The next time you get a data breach notification, read between the lines. By knowing the common bull**** lines to avoid, you can understand the questions you need to ask."
Check out @zackwhittaker's guide to decoding a data breach notice, here: https://techcrunch.com/2020/05/19/decoding-data-breach-notice/
We've put up DuckDuckGo billboards across the US, UK, SE, NL, BE, DK (with DE, FR & ES to come soon). If you spot a in your community, we'd love to see it!
Here's a map of all of our live locations (subject to change): https://duckduckgo.com/billboards/
While posting pictures on a personal Facebook account might seem innocent, "it’s still something that can have pretty far-reaching implications in the non-personal realm."
This Netherlands ruling sets a necessary precedent for protecting minors online. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/court-rules-grandma-must-remove-photos-of-her-grandchildren-from-facebook/ar-BB14tiPX
Looking for recommendations on what to watch? We might be biased, but this is definitely our kind of movie list.
Germany’s highest court has declared that “privacy rights enshrined in Germany’s Constitution extend to foreigners living abroad and cover their online data," reports @meddynyt. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/world/europe/germany-privacy.html
A @vivaldibrowser survey shows search engine privacy & neutrality are very important to over 80% of users.
Our search is always private with no filter bubble, + Vivaldi is using our Tracker Radar to further protect your privacy: https://spreadprivacy.com/duckduckgo-tracker-blocker-in-vivaldi/ https://vivaldi.com/blog/vivaldi-users-private-search-engines/
A data breach of millions of people had private info about where they've been, where people met, their social media sites, & more. @_andrew_griffin says the data's origin is so far a mystery.
Check http://HaveIBeenPwned.com to see if your data was leaked.https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/data-dump-personal-information-breach-crm-a9515931.html
People are acting on their privacy concerns globally — not just in the US & EU. A new study shows Brazilians are growing more concerned: 74% tried removing personal data online & 96% of believe companies don't do enough to protect their personal info. https://www.zdnet.com/article/data-privacy-awareness-grows-in-brazil/
Be aware of the apps your kids use & how their data is being handled.
“For years, TikTok ignored the children’s privacy law, thereby ensnaring perhaps millions of underage children in its marketing apparatus, & putting them at risk of sexual predation.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/14/technology/tiktok-kids-privacy.html
We've gathered data showing that with unlimited options (available by scrolling) and better design (e.g. descriptions shown by default), 24% of people select Google alternatives, 8x the current 3% combined mobile market share of these alternatives. (2/6) https://gs.statcounter.com/search-engine-market-share/mobile/united-kingdom
Our DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials browser extension packs tracker blocking, website encryption & private search in one download. And now, it's also recommended by Mozilla — thanks @firefox! https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/duckduckgo-for-firefox/?src=featured
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