Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo grew by 62% in 2020

Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo grew by 62% in 2020

The search engine also told BleepingComputer that high-profile privacy news, such as the recent concerns regarding data sharing between WhatsApp and Facebook, lead to increased traffic for the search engine.

Privacy On Social Media - It's Time to Stop Overthinking — Facts Overflow

Privacy On Social Media - It's Time to Stop Overthinking — Facts Overflow

Machine learning algorithms on these social media platforms are doing two tasks: displaying advertisements based on the user’s behavior and saving the user’s time by automatically doing what the user expects to do.

WhatsApp faces first legal challenge in India over privacy

WhatsApp faces first legal challenge in India over privacy

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy verges on user surveillance and threatens India’s security, a petition filed in an Indian court said on Thursday, presenting another legal challenge for the Facebook Inc-owned messenger.

Overthinking Data Privacy on Social Media

Overthinking Data Privacy on Social Media

Instead, they will feed your data to machine learning algorithms to offer you a good service and also to display personalized advertisements on linked platforms.

Menstruation apps store excessive information, privacy charity says

Menstruation apps store excessive information, privacy charity says

Eva Blum-Dumontet, a senior researcher at Privacy International, who used five apps and then asked what information was held about her using a data subject access request, said reading the findings was “chilling” and “it makes us realise just how much data those apps actually collect, store and sometimes share with others.”.

Firefox 85 will improve privacy with network partitioning feature

Firefox 85 will improve privacy with network partitioning feature

Next month's stable release of Firefox 85 will include the anti-tracking feature networking partitioning to improve user privacy on the Internet.Next month's stable release of Firefox 85 will include the anti-tracking feature networking partitioning to improve user privacy on the Internet.

Top 10 Most Popular Programming Languages

Top 10 Most Popular Programming Languages

How has the popularity of Java, Python, C and others evolved over the last 16 years?In this new artcile we will see the evolution of the popularity of top 10 programming languages from 2004 to October 2020.

Adding Encrypted Group Calls to Signal

Adding Encrypted Group Calls to Signal

Today, we’re launching group calls in Signal with the latest versions of our apps.Group calls are free, private, and end-to-end encrypted — like everything else on Signal.We hope group calls are a helpful new way to connect!.

Introducing Blanc, a thousand masks in one: Developed by a pair of entrepreneurs this modular full-face mask features changeable front panels and filters to help drive more people to use personal prot

Introducing Blanc, a thousand masks in one: Developed by a pair of entrepreneurs this modular full-face mask features changeable front panels and filters to help drive more people to use personal prot

Blanc is a thousand masks in one: its front panel is changeable, with any material, color and texture, channeling only the harmonies the owner is willing to share with the world.

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

As such, a lot of people in the privacy community prefer to pick services that are run by companies that are based outside of the various Eyes communities.

One Clear Message From Voters This Election? More Privacy

One Clear Message From Voters This Election? More Privacy

As the most important outcome of the 2020 election remains in flux, voters in California and Michigan approved new privacy laws Tuesday: California’s Prop 24, which extends provisions of a 2018 privacy law, and Michigan’s Prop 2, which consolidates piecemeal orders into a requirement for police to seek search warrants before seizing electronic data.

This AI automagically creates fake faces for privacy-safe photo sharing

This AI automagically creates fake faces for privacy-safe photo sharing

John Koetsier: So, a couple questions that come up — and we’re going to get into the questions around I want to share pictures of myself, maybe my family, or something like that, and I want to do that in a privacy safe way.

Why privacy matters - Glenn Greenwald

Why privacy matters - Glenn Greenwald

The "Nothing to hide" argument follows the idea that there are two kinds of people: good and bad.The only people who care about privacy are by definition "bad people".An implicit bargain: if you're untreatening and harmless to those who have political power, then and only then can you be free of the dangers of surveillance.

"Together", the new version of Jami and a new step forward

"Together", the new version of Jami and a new step forward

Jami undergoes continuous ongoing development and release, so you can experience improvements and new features as we implement them.However, organizations wishing to use Jami require a higher level of control over users of their network, so we have created Jami Account Management Server (JAMS).

Urbit for Normies

Urbit for Normies

Inside will be a super clean interface with all the functionality you might want from your computer, in one place and with one login (think document creation, email, social media access, accounting) — but it will run on your virtual Urbit computer, so it will be safe from corporate prying and data leaks, available on any device, and all inside one simple interface.

EU could force Apple to share user data with competitors

EU could force Apple to share user data with competitors

Major tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon may be required to share customer data with smaller rivals, should the European Union's Digital Services Act pass.The Digital Services Act is designed to curb anticompetitive behavior by major tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google.

GDPR Violation: ScribD acquires PII on 500M users in a deal with LinkedIn

GDPR Violation: ScribD acquires PII on 500M users in a deal with LinkedIn

Why does it keep mentioning LinkedIn. Last but not least, why does it offer to me to opt-out of reselling my personal information?All that personal data on LinkedIn/SlideShare will be transferred to ScribD.Check your LinkedIn resell-your-info settings.

TikTok: Social Media or CCP Spyware?

TikTok: Social Media or CCP Spyware?

On June 29th 2020, the second most populous country in the world, and TikTok’s biggest market, India, banned it and 60 other Chinese apps accused of stealing and sending of user data outside the country.

Los Angeles settles Weather Channel lawsuit, lets it keep selling location data to advertisers

Los Angeles settles Weather Channel lawsuit, lets it keep selling location data to advertisers

We collect your device’s location information and pressure sensor data through our applications so that we can offer you certain location-based features like forecasts, weather alerts, and ads, and to provide and improve our Services.

BREIN Says Piracy Intermediaries Are Its Next Target

BREIN Says Piracy Intermediaries Are Its Next Target

BREIN, the active and prolific Dutch anti-piracy group that is usually targeting large platforms and content distribution networks, is now laying out a more encompassing plan.

TikTok as China’s surveillance tool: red flag or paranoia?

TikTok as China’s surveillance tool: red flag or paranoia?

As global geopolitical tensions continue to rise, there is increasing concern that the data TikTok collects from its users could end up in the hands of the Chinese government.

Google joins forces with ADT on smart home security push

Google joins forces with ADT on smart home security push

By teaming with an established player like ADT, Google's Nest has a much clearer path into the home, especially with consumers that don't want to fool with the hassle of setting up gear themselves.

The truth behind tech CEOs misleading claims

The truth behind tech CEOs misleading claims

Responding to a question from US Rep. Val Demings, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that “we today make it very easy for users to be in control of their data.” This is only partially true, depending on how you define “control.”.

Give Students #UserFreedom

Give Students #UserFreedom

Not only do programs like Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, or invite a potentially malicious third-party into the educational environment, but more importantly, they increase society's dependence on proprietary software, software that denies its users their freedom.

Microsoft accused of sharing data of Office 365 business subscribers with Facebook and its app devs

Microsoft accused of sharing data of Office 365 business subscribers with Facebook and its app devs

Updated Microsoft is being sued for allegedly sharing its Office 365 customers' business data with Facebook app developers, partners, and subcontractors in violation of its data privacy promises.

Google vows not to use Fitbit data to target ads

Google vows not to use Fitbit data to target ads

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Google has offered not to use health data of fitness tracker company Fitbit to help it target ads in an attempt to address EU antitrust concerns about its proposed $2.1 billion acquisition, the U.S. tech company said late on Monday.

How Much is Your Online Privacy Worth? - About $3.50 According to a New Study - We’re Worth Far More Than That.

How Much is Your Online Privacy Worth? - About $3.50 According to a New Study - We’re Worth Far More Than That.

In an age where your personal data is being shared with far more companies than you can imagine, the folks at Tech Policy Institute decided to take a poll.Across all of the activities covered, Americans would only demand about $3.50/month on average to have each individual piece of personal data shared.

FreePN - 4 Tips to Stay Private While Job Hunting

FreePN - 4 Tips to Stay Private While Job Hunting

Sharing information such as your mailing address and phone number on a publicly available online resume is a bad idea; scammers sometimes use public resumes to look for identifying information and use that to employ phishing scams, blackmail, or identity theft.

Facebook exposed user data to thousands of app developers

Facebook exposed user data to thousands of app developers

Facebook ‘Privacy Matters’ reveals 5000 app developers continued to receive previously authorized users’ data after access should have automatically expired.But in a satirical turn of events, Facebook announced via Privacy Matters that some third-party applications continued to receive previously authorized users’ data after access should have automatically expired.

Zoom does 180 on encryption plans, will bring it to all users including free accounts in July

Zoom does 180 on encryption plans, will bring it to all users including free accounts in July

Now after previously planning to keep end-to-end encryption as just a feature for paying customers, the company has reversed course and says free users will see it arrive in a beta coming in July alongside paid accounts.