It's time to shine a light on dark patterns.

With legislation in the works, read @GregBensinger's explainer on the ways companies manipulate users to extract their money, data and much more.

nytimes.com/2021/04/30/opinion

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Myth: protecting your privacy online has to be complicated.

Wrong.

Protecting your privacy online can be simple. Install our mobile app or browser extension, and we'll take care of the rest. It's really that easy: duckduckgo.com/app

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"Signal doesn’t have access to messages; chat lists; groups; contacts; stickers; profile names/avatars; or even GIFs."

That’s why we suggest @signalapp for messaging. With end-to-end encryption by default, they simply don't have your data (like us): signal.org/bigbrother/central-

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Update: We’ve updated our mobile apps to resolve this issue. You can download version 5.85.2 on Android now and 7.63.1 on iOS pending approval.

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We're aware of an issue people are having trying to access some websites within our mobile apps. We believe this issue has to do with @Akamai and are working with them to resolve it. Thank you for your patience!

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RT from Paul Hudson (@twostraws)

Tomorrow at 6pm UK time / 10am Pacific I'm speaking to @catehstn live on YouTube about her work on DuckDuckGo – the importance of privacy for app developers, working in open source, and how to create great conference presentations! Join us here: youtu.be/aXPfKsPezdc

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Italy's Data Protection Authority denied police using SARI Real Time facial recognition which would've shifted “from targeted surveillance of few individuals to the possibility of universal surveillance for the purpose of identifying certain individuals.” reclaimyourface.eu/italy-dpa-b

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DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser for on iOS: Blocks cross-site tracking as you search & browse the web.

iOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency: Helps prevent cross-app tracking on your phone.

Together, a powerful privacy protection pair for iPhone/iPad users.

duckduckgo.com/app

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Many tech companies are saying that they need to track you across apps and websites to give you free services. They're wrong.

DuckDuckGo is profitable using non-creepy advertising, the kind that does not rely on tracking users.

quora.com/What-is-the-revenue-

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COVID-19 passports pose serious privacy threats unless regulators prioritize data protection.

"…minimize data collection & retention, meet & go beyond legal requirements, & follow privacy-by-design principles to ensure robust respect for human rights."

accessnow.org/covid-19-vaccine

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Big Tech companies spy on kids for profit, but these 4 major changes would greatly help protect kids online:

• Ban addictive & manipulative app features
• Ban micro-targeted advertising
• Limit data collection itself
• Ban biometric stalkerware

stopspyingonkids.com

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Feel like you need a crash course on online privacy? Our newsletters are a great resource for privacy tips, research, and news: duckduckgo.com/newsletter

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“TikTok is a data collection service thinly-veiled as a social network.”

For example, in London TikTok is facing a lawsuit for violating UK & EU data protection laws, demanding that illegally processed data from millions of children be deleted.

bloomberg.com/news/articles/20

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"There is a growing trend for both increased scrutiny on employers to keep employee data safe & the willingness for courts to punish employers who fail to meet this obligation."

@tspiggle reports on two recent US lawsuits that exemplify this trend.

forbes.com/sites/tomspiggle/20

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"In an official FAQ about configuring privacy settings, WhatsApp says that 'there is no way to hide when you are online or typing.'"

@lorenzofb on yet another way WhatsApp is a privacy nightmare. (We recommend @signalapp instead.)

vice.com/en/article/93y9pd/you

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iPhone/iPad user? In the latest iOS (14.5) you might see popups asking whether to allow apps to "track your activity across other companies' apps and websites".

Choose yes and you get tracked.

Choose no and you get more privacy and no loss of functionality. Easy decision.

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Announced in January, you'll get this feature when you update your iOS device to version 14.5.

Tap "Ask App Not to Track" and apps will work as normal but will not share your data with other apps.

If you change your mind, just go to Settings → Privacy → Tracking.

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For both privacy AND convenience, refuse this tracking permission for all apps at once. In Settings → Privacy → Tracking disable "Allow Apps to Request to Track"

You won't be asked again & apps will be blocked from access your device's Advertising ID.

apple.com/newsroom/2021/01/dat

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Facebook's hyper-targeting capabilities allow companies to send different messages to users based on their interests, behaviors, & beliefs.

@jeremybmerrill investigates how companies like Exxon send contradictory messages to liberals & conservatives.

themarkup.org/news/2021/04/13/

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EU citizen? GDPR enforcement has many loopholes that @OpenRightsGroup is hoping to close. Join the campaign to:

• Make it clear that online tracking is never allowed w/out consent
• Ban cookie walls
• Put users in control of their data

openrightsgroup.org/blog/stops

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