RT from Josh Pigford @Shpigford
After this insanity on @Google's part, last week I switched to @duckduckgo and it's been fantastic. A breath of fresh, non-sleazy air. https://twitter.com/dhh/status/1220396642551128064
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/Shpigford/status/1220732850544181257
A colorful, dystopian-tinged warning from @connorwillumsenltd to anyone who argues that they have "nothing to hide" and don't mind hyper-targeted ads... https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/01/03/opinion/connor-willumsen-privacy-comic.html
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1220719657843412999
""When our parents tell us what we can and can’t do, when they try to control and restrict our choices, we rebel — but with Google and Facebook, it is OK. Why?"
@rom on why you shouldn't be OK with being surveilled. https://rom.feria.name/how-online-surveillance-changes-us-b71364f2c92e
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1220357272674668544
RT from James Simpson @GoldFireStudios
I've finally switched my default search engine from Google to @duckduckgo. Ads beyond the fold were bad enough, but now they don't even show the URL and it is driving me crazy.
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/GoldFireStudios/status/1219712234336727041
PSA: so-called "incognito mode" doesn't block online trackers. It only deletes browser history on your local computer or device.
We offer a private mobile browser & private browsing extension that actually blocks trackers (in addition to private search): https://duckduckgo.com/app
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1219994884620410882
A recent study found major dating apps sharing intimate user details w/3rd parties.
Hopefully these apps will comply globally w/CCPA regulation "... to prominently post a 'Do Not Sell My Data' option, allowing people to stop the spread of their info." https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/13/business/grindr-apps-dating-data-tracking.html
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1219632495882383360
We've said it before and we'll say it again: while we encourage you to #DeleteFacebook, if you haven't done that yet, please opt into every privacy-focused setting offered.
@davidnield walks you through how to do this on desktop and mobile: https://www.wired.com/story/ways-facebook-tracks-you-limit-it/
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1219270104233529349
With increased unregulated surveillance comes innovative solutions based on public demand. Whether offline or online, it's clear people want privacy, simplified. https://www.seattletimes.com/business/technology/special-sunglasses-license-plate-dresses-juggalo-face-paint-how-to-be-anonymous-in-the-age-of-surveillance/
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1218907719744344065
Do you run a website? If so, check your cookie consent forms to ensure they're not violating GDPR, both for your sake and your users'. https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/10/cookie-consent-tools-are-being-used-to-undermine-eu-privacy-rules-study-suggests/
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1218545331916419072
RT from Gabriel Weinberg @yegg
💯 Google cookie blocking is a business maneuver, pure and simple. Classic response to new competition: vague announcement curiously coinciding with a competitor launch (Microsoft's Edge), tech not fully specified, and set at an indeterminate time far in the future. https://twitter.com/JustinBrookman/status/1217187770973683712
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/yegg/status/1218205863191744512
Android phone user? Join @privacyint by signing this petition to pressure Google to "to ensure every Android phone protects their users equally." https://action.privacyinternational.org/node/9
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1218182943551774720
The new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) gives Californians rights to know how companies use their data.
This helpful database takes you directly to where you can exercise your privacy rights on a number of big-company sites: https://caprivacy.github.io/caprivacy/
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1217820567858032641
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150+ US universities encourage incoming students to download mental-health apps, but @thedeannapaul points out the privacy risks:
• Insurers can use it to calculate premiums
• Employers can use it to assess risk
• Advertisers can use it to tailor ads https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/12/27/colleges-want-freshmen-use-mental-health-apps-are-they-risking-students-privacy/
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1217458164897062913
The FTC cracked down on YouTube for illegally harvesting children's data. @natashanyt details YouTube's new children privacy practices, including:
• Limited collection of data of any viewer of children's videos
• New requirements for video producers https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/06/technology/youtube-children-privacy.html
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1217095779661352965
"When we go into a restaurant, we don't check the kitchen to make sure hygiene standards are being met. We expect that the govt will impose reliable food safety requirements."
@DavidMedine & @gayatrimurthy argue data privacy should be treated the same. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2019/12/18/companies-not-people-should-bear-the-burden-of-protecting-data/
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1216733390365503494
A new study from @NIST found facial recognition algorithms are more likely to falsely identify Asians & African Americans, among others, which could lead to false accusations & discrimination.
Another example of why this tech needs strong regulation. https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2019/12/nist-study-evaluates-effects-race-age-sex-face-recognition-software
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1216371001711349760
Unless you take precautions, your data is invasively tracked then auctioned off to the highest bidder.
"It is time for Congress to hold tech & ad companies accountable & make opting out of tracking a meaningful choice, if not the default setting." https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/21/opinion/location-data-privacy-rights.html
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1216008617842880517
In a study by @PrivoltaAds, they found that "on average, it would take five times as long to opt out as it did to opt in for data collection."
@alfredwkng explains the scale of the problem, with links to guides for opting out on various platforms. https://www.cnet.com/news/default-settings-for-privacy-we-need-to-talk/
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1215646226714112004
We nevertheless look forward to the day when Android users in the EU can easily make DuckDuckGo their default search app, and take back their privacy while searching and browsing.
And, we hope that users outside the EU also get this opportunity.
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1215309557632839684
Our own research has reinforced this point: https://spreadprivacy.com/search-engine-preference-menu/.
A consumer-friendly search preference menu should include the most common Google alternatives, and more than four choices. Sadly, the current version in Europe does not.
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1215308063302918150
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