Happy Data Privacy Day! A turning point for anonymity, privacy, and the tools that deliver them

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/30/happy-data-privacy-day-a-turn.html

Last week, we celebrated Data Privacy day. Everything we do online—whether on a computer or on a mobile device—is being tracked, traced, compiled, crunched, bought and sold by familiar tech-titans like Google, Facebook, Verizon and hundreds of lesser known data brokers who help advertisers build frighteningly detailed digital profiles of users by harvesting data from a variety of sources, including customer databases and online platforms. After I lecture to my students on this topic, rattling off a dozen mechanisms by which corporations and governments can spy and pry on us, threating both anonymity and privacy, their reaction is usually either indifference (because, you know, they think they have nothing to hide) or for those that I’ve convinced they should care, some measure of despair.


Good read.

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Nice article. But you forgot to mention StartPage.com for search privacy. For Google results in privacy, use StartPage.com. For Yahoo results in privacy, DuckDuckGo is the way to go. No excuse NOT to use private search!

Oh, this topic is open for suggesting no-track search engines? Groovy!

My fine Finnish friend built https://searx.prvcy.eu/, an open-source metasearch engine, aggregating the results of other search engines while not storing information about its users.

GitHub link

Give it a try!

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