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There's a difference between "the privacy we think we have when we’re in public and the privacy we actually have."

Prof. @Klonick demonstrated this by asking students to use info they overheard in public to find people online. The results shocked them.

Companies collecting & targeting users "are going to have reckon w/potential regulatory changes & a sharp shift in the public’s attitude toward ad targeting & data privacy," says @Foursquare's Dennis Crowley at SXSW, where data privacy was the focus.

We support @BuffyWicks's "Privacy for All" amendment to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which strengthens it by allowing consumers to sue companies and opt-out of their data being shared (in addition to sold).

See the summary from @EFF:

No, Facebook, no!

Promising to open a data center in Canada does not mean you can negotiate an exemption from their data protection laws.

Privacy is a human right, not a bargaining chip.

Thank you @senjudiciary for holding a needed hearing on federal privacy legislation on Tuesday. ICYMI, the video is here (starts at 18 mins; our testimony at 43 mins): .

And here's the written version of our

We're glad that Google has finally recognized the importance of offering consumers a private search option in Chrome.

A copy of our written testimony, making the case for well-drafted privacy legislation, is publicly available here:

The US Senate hearing on legislation is due to start soon, with our CEO & Founder, Gabriel Weinberg (@yegg), appearing before the @senjudiciary.

It'll stream live here:

Last week, @yegg similarly talked about privacy regulation at the California State Senate, and you can watch his remarks here (starts at 3h43m mark):

DuckDuckGo has been invited to participate in tomorrow's US Senate hearing on privacy legislation before the @senjudiciary. Our CEO & Founder, Gabriel Weinberg (@yegg) will be testifying at 10AM ET. You can watch live tomorrow at

Thanks to a new law in Vermont, some light is finally shed on the many US-based data brokers dealing in our personal information, often under the radar.

@FastCompany takes a peek behind the curtain, and offers some tips for opting out.

Tired of Google reading your mail?

Find an alternative to Gmail, and other Google products, in our guide to living without Google:

The lack of control consumers have over their data online is alarming, especially when it comes to deeply personal experiences like having a child, remarks @jtemperton.

What to do? He suggests DuckDuckGo & @torproject to help protect your personal data.

RT @yegg
SXSW-goers: ICYMI I’m on a timely panel tomorrow morning: “Beyond the Surveillance Business Model” — if you’re in town, come check it out and say hi!

Did you know you have privacy tools built in to your web browser?

@davidnield explains how to use them, b/c browser makers "don't always do the best job promoting the privacy features on offer."

Stay fully protected w/our ext:

Facebook needs to get explicit user consent before sharing data from WhatsApp & Instagram with 3rd parties, says Germany's competition regulator.

They should go a step further and apply that globally, says @privacyint.

If you're using Google Chrome, a serious security issue has been discovered and you're urged to update immediately to be safe:

If you want to move away from Chrome (recommended), we have a few browser suggestions for

If the US fails to act on consumer data protection, "Chinese consumers might soon have greater privacy from tech companies than American consumers, even as they are exposed to increasingly intrusive govt surveillance," report @SammSacks & @lorandlaskai.

RT @yegg
The panel I’m on in the CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act) hearing before the CA Senate Judiciary Committee is going to start soon. You can watch live at  (search for privacy). I speak second.

"Your privacy is important to us" is one of the biggest lies on the Internet, used by companies for whom the most important thing is actually their business.

Fortunately, DuckDuckGo's business IS privacy, so it's a win-win.