There are smart moves you can make to protect your data online. @GlobeTechLab shares instructions to activate privacy features on your iPhone, Android, Google Dashboard, Chrome, Alexa, & Facebook.
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Be aware of how smart speakers collect, store, & use your data.
@alfredwkng says voice recordings can be deleted on Alexa, but text transcriptions can only be deleted from the "main system," still existing in sub-systems (though Amazon is working on it). https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-alexa-transcripts-live-on-even-after-you-delete-voice-records/
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1130832367696916480
Do Not Track is a key piece in the puzzle of strong privacy laws by providing a simple mechanism to avoid invasive data collection and profiling.
It’s a one and done setting as opposed to the endless popup consents seen today, which are further undermined by dark patterns.
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1130478988596535296
As we pointed out when we introduced model Do Not Track legislation ( https://spreadprivacy.com/do-not-track-act-2019/ ), it is extremely rare to have such an exciting legislative opportunity like this, where coordinated mainstream technical implementation and widespread consumer adoption is already done.
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Between 10-25% of people already have the Do Not Track browser setting turned on: https://spreadprivacy.com/do-not-track/ . And yet most all sites ignore it since there is no penalty to do so. This bill finally closes this loophole.
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Today we’re thrilled US Senator @HawleyMO is introducing the Do Not Track Act! https://www.hawley.senate.gov/senator-hawley-introduce-legislation-give-american-people-do-not-track-option
This bill puts legislative teeth behind the Do Not Track signals being broadcast by tens of millions of Americans, which are currently ignored by the Big Tech companies.https://twitter.com/verge/status/1130467268561907712
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1130477718007635970
"We've seen about a 3rd of people [that we've polled] take some actual significant action to reduce their digital footprint online."
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1130107588740300800
"You really can take back some control over who has access to your data," says @kingthor. His 7 ways to get started include:
• Secure your accounts w/password managers & 2FA
• Update software & devices
• Lock down your devices w/full-disk encryption https://thewirecutter.com/blog/7-simple-ways-to-protect-your-digital-privacy/
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1129745202355290114
“...consumers have never gotten comfortable w/the way [digital ads] work, & this idea that they’re being tracked across the web only makes that worse.”
In this podcast, @jason_kint explains: the ad industry needs a solution for the lack of consumer trust. https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/333709/marketing-today-dcns-jason-kint-discusses-facebo.html
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1129382819137019905
There is no "bonafide standard" for anonymizing personal data, leaving much so-called "de-identified data" at risk of being "easily re-identifiable."
@joejerome explains and offers some policy solutions: https://cdt.org/blog/de-identification-should-be-relevant-to-a-privacy-law-but-not-an-automatic-get-out-of-jail-free-card/
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1129020428255727616
"When you update your software you're no longer a 'target of opportunity' for cheap attacks that try to catch people running out-of-date software."
So... update your software! It's a simple step that helps protect you from phishing & malware attacks. https://sec.eff.org/articles/software-updates
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Use WhatsApp? There's a new vulnerability that lets remote hackers take over your phone by just placing a call:
Please update your WhatsApp app now. Also, consider switching to Signal, which is more private & not owned by Facebook:https://www.signal.org/
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1128295652558102529
As part of @PrivacyProject, @stuartathompson bought hyper-targeted ads to show how users are targeted.
“This was an experiment in how far digital advertisers go to collect and use information about every part of our lives for profit.”
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1127933269696307200
Here's a comprehensive list from @Brendan_LH of the best competitors to every Google app & service, including Chrome, Search, Gmail, & more: https://lifehacker.com/the-best-competitors-to-every-first-party-google-app-an-1834172092
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1127570877703389193
Check out these three short films from @PrivacyPrivee, "intended as public education tools to spark discussion & extend understandings of surveillance, trust, & privacy in the digital age..."
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1127208487212204035
If they haven't heard of us, here are some talking points to convince them to #ComeToTheDuckSide:
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A recent study found 80% of mental health apps share data for ads or analytics to Facebook or Google, some w/out disclosing that to users, reports @jonfingas.
Seems like a good time to review apps you have installed, keeping only those you fully trust. https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/20/mental-health-apps-share-data/
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1126483714668732416
Our CEO & Founder @yegg joined @ashkhen on @techfreedom's @techpolicypdcst to discuss @duckduckgo's private, yet profitable business model, DuckDuckGo's proposed Do-Not-Track Act of 2019, & other upcoming legislation working to fight online tracking. http://podcast.techfreedom.org/e/246-talking-privacy-with-duckduckgo/
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1126121325104443392
Many companies are not straightforward about their privacy practices, including data collection & sharing policies.
Simple Opt Out is a useful resource that links directly to the opt-out instructions and details of 50+ companies. http://simpleoptout.com/
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1125758953902751744
Firefox users: The latest browser update fixes extensions but may change your default search engine to Google. If that happens to you, you can re-install the DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials add-on from here: /en-US/firefox/addon/duckduckgo-for-firefox/
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