ThinkPrivacy will seek to bridge that gap. In the coming weeks, the site will limit its scope and focus on tools and services to address individual needs of users helping them protect their accounts from hackers, and to help gain control of what data is shared with others.
It will accomplish this goal by widening the net of acceptable privacy software. While privacytools.io takes great pains to default towards open-source software projects, and services that originate from countries with the strictest privacy laws, ThinkPrivacy will look towards user friendliness and accessibility from products with a history of standing up for privacy rights and defending their users. It’s one thing to recommend that someone to use a password manager, but not everyone is ready to run and manage a KeePass install. These users may be more willing to use services like 1Password, which can offer a more convenient and user friendly product while still dramatically improving user security. These types of recommendations can showcase great, privacy respecting services that may not meet the needs of our tech-savvy users, political activists, journalists, or others gaining the attention of government agencies, but do meet the needs of our parents, grandparents, and those whose time online is spent checking emails, catching up the news, and reading social media sites.
We understand that not every user is going to give up their Gmail account or delete their Facebook, but we believe that we can reach those users and still help them protect themselves better online and have more control over their data. Even small changes like using a password manager and two-factor authentication can help users protect important information such as their health records and financial accounts. ThinkPrivacy will be that resource, teaching users basic steps they can take to better protect themselves.
Ten years later, after the horrors of World War II, George Orwell published 1984, which described a dystopian future far less comforting than Huxley’s, and was positively terrifying in many ways. A cypherpunk is any activist advocating widespread use of strong cryptography and privacy-enhancing technologies as a route to social and political change.
Why Is Privacy Important?
The goal of both sites has always been to educate the public about data and internet privacy, and through this effort we will be able to do so at various levels of user experience and need. With the addition of ThinkPrivacy, that goal will be realized in a whole new way that will bridge that gap between novice, intermediate, and expert users.
We are looking forward to what this partnership will bring, and are excited about casting a wider net and making privacy tools even more accessible. Privacy is for everyone, and we must all ensure it remains that way.
In addition to the EU’s GDPR (which has already generated over €56 million in fines since its implementation in May 2018), California’s CCPA and Brazil’s LGPD privacy regulations—passed last year to go into effect in 2020—more data privacy legislation is in the works, including at other US states like Massachusetts, as well as countries such as India and Japan.