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    [–] 7 ways to search without using Google LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in privacy

    We have to be thankful that private search engines get TWO of the seven spots. Kim Komando has a huge audience with syndication in major news outlets. Hopefully, people will give private search a try!

    [–] 7 ways to search without using Google LizMcIntyre 2 points ago in privacy

    Startpage.com and DuckDuckGo are the private search engine options in this list of 7, that also includes specialty search engines for finding streaming movies, GIFs, space images, and free software for coders and developers.

    Note: There is a small misprint regarding the Startpage.com related email service (Startmail). It is not free.

    [–] Amazon Shareholders Move to Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tech to Government Agencies LizMcIntyre 26 points ago in privacy

    I wouldn't discount the power of five savvy board members with a mission! They've gotten our attention.

    [–] Amazon Shareholders Move to Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tech to Government Agencies LizMcIntyre 36 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in privacy

    From the article by Aaron Boyd:

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    The resolution was submitted by lead filer Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood and four co-filers: The Sisters of St. Francis Charitable Trust (Dubuque), Sisters of St Francis of Philadelphia, Maryknoll Sisters and Azzad Asset Management.

    Amen, Sisters! Nice to see them taking a stand.

    I looked up Azzad Asset Management. In their "about us" section, they note that they help clients select investments that reflect a commitment to "honorable living and compassionate service in the world." Very cool!

    [–] Overwhelmed! What are some effective beginner steps LizMcIntyre 1 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in privacy

    Agree. Note that if you use a private search engine and click to a third party website unprotected, you can once again be subject to tracking.

    If you use Startpage.com, you can visit website links in privacy, too, if you click on the "Anonymous View" link. The website and its marketers see Startpage.com while you are in the protection of Anonymous View, and you stay hidden. Here's more about how this works.

    [–] 773 million email addresses have been leaked – check if yours is on the list LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in privacy

    You can type in Haveibeenpwned.com in a Startpage.com private search, then click on the "Anonymous VIew" link to check. (Or just click here to go to the search results at Startpage.com.)You remain hidden. The site only sees Startpage.com when you are in the protection of Anonymous View. This way there should be no link to the email address and your fingerprint info. Here's more on how Anonymous View works.

    [–] Overwhelmed! What are some effective beginner steps LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in privacy

    Search privacy is one of the easiest and most important factors to address.

    Switch to a privacy-friendly search engine like Startpage.com or DuckDuckGo. In fact, you would likely benefit from both since they offer results from the major search sources in privacy:

    • Startpage.com = mainly Google search results in privacy

    • DuckDUckGo = mainly Yahoo /Bing search results in privacy

    [–] Why Apple, Netflix and YouTube May All Be Flouting EU Privacy Law LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in privacy

    David Meyer reports at Fortune:

    The world’s biggest streaming services — from Netflix and YouTube to Apple Music and Spotify — are all breaking European privacy law, according to a volley of complaints launched Friday by a leading campaigner and his organization.

    ...If all the companies are found to have been violating the EU General Data Protection Regulation, by not revealing to users all the information they’re obliged to, they face fines to a total theoretical maximum of €18.8 billion ($21.4 billion.)

    ...[Max] Schrems and NOYB have turned their attention to eight streaming services, namely: Amazon Prime, Apple Music, Netflix, SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube, Austria’s Flimmit and the U.K.’s DAZN.

    The issue is Article 15 of the GDPR, which gives people wide-ranging rights to demand their data from online services that hold it, along with information about: why it’s being processed, where it’s going, how long it’s being stored for, the existence of automated decision-making based on that data, and more.

    In short, none of the above-named services give users all the data that’s required by the law.

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    [–] Privacy campaigner Schrems slaps Amazon, Apple, Netflix, others with GDPR data access complaints LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in privacy

    Natasha Lomas reports at TechCrunch:

    European privacy campaigner Max Schrems has filed a fresh batch of strategic complaints at tech giants, including Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Spotify and YouTube.

    The complaints, filed via his non-profit privacy and digital rights organization, noyb, relate to how the services respond to data access requests, per regional data protection rules.

    Article 15 of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides for a right of access by the data subject to information held on them.

    The complaints contend tech firms are structurally violating this right — having built automated systems to respond to data access requests which, after being tested by noyb, failed to provide the user with all the relevant information they are legally entitled to.

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    [–] Moving away from google LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in privacy

    Try Startpage.com. Search in the regular search (not the video search) and indicate you are looking for videos. Then watch the video using the "Anonymous View" link.

    Let's say I want to watch YouTube videos about birds.

    I go to Startpage.com and type in the following search:

    bird videos YouTube

    Then I click on the Anonymous View link. Here's how Anonymous View works to help protect your privacy.

    Here's another trick. Let's say you don't want to find YouTube videos about birds. You can type:

    bird videos -YouTube

    The minus (-) also works for eliminating results from other sites. One of my favorite minuses is -Pinterest.

    [–] Different default search engine for private and regular mode LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in firefox

    Glad to hear it! Have you tried the new Anonymous View that lets you visit linked sites you find at Startpage anonymously? I love it.

    [–] [Advice needed] FBI pinged my phone after a mistaken pullover and now I don't know whats happening. LizMcIntyre 2 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in privacy

    The difference with PGO is that you are using a very specific app that is directing you to very specific locations and having you direct your phone in a very specific way. This isn't just my thinking, btw.

    With PGO, players end up in some pretty interesting spots where they would normally never stay to point their phones. They're never suspect because they have the perfect excuse for being where they normally shouldn't or wouldn't be. They're seen as just crazy PGO players -- so engaged they sometimes fall off cliffs or get hit by cars.

    I encourage you to check out some of the patents available for augmented reality games and do a search on crowd sourcing. Also look to the background on PGO development etc. Then talk with an expert as I did.

    EDIT: BTW I agree with you completely that other apps could also be an issue. This user specifically mentioned Pokemon Go. Facebook, for example, recently released an app that connects you with others in your immediate vicinity -- reportedly as part of its dating service. Everyone should be much more careful with their phones. They are defacto tracking devices -- and potentially surveillance devices.

    [–] Different default search engine for private and regular mode LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in firefox

    If you use DuckDuckGo, you can also "bang" into Startpage.com using the !s or !sp for Google search results in privacy.

    [–] Why We Can't Remove t=ffab, t=canonical or t=h_ Entries In Search Results While Using DDG? LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in privacy

    Are you searching in the browser search window or directly at the search engine site?

    Try Startpage.com and let me know if you have the same experience. Thanks!

    [–] [Advice needed] FBI pinged my phone after a mistaken pullover and now I don't know whats happening. LizMcIntyre 2 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in privacy

    Crowd sourcing could go beyond location info. In fact, location would be the least novel. Phones can pick up more than geographic coordinates. Consider that phones have cameras, mics, the ability to pick up other phones in the vicinity, ability to pick up WiFi in real time etc -- simultaneously.

    Plus, there is value from a ground-level perspective, especially in places that wouldn't be mapped, like inside a building.

    Again, I'm not saying this is happening now, but the potential is there.

    BTW Phones and apps in general could be used for surveillance and picking up local info. PGO is not alone. Facebook recently launched a "service" that allows people in your immediate vicinity to message you, for example. (Part of its dating service.) Easy to see how that could be used or abused. I'm focusing here on PGO because that's mentioned in the OP's posted concern.

    [–] [Advice needed] FBI pinged my phone after a mistaken pullover and now I don't know whats happening. LizMcIntyre 2 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in privacy

    Pokemon Go encourages players to go places other mapping apps and data collectors can't. And who would suspect a bunch of kids or teens playing PGO?

    An adult in a suit or a truck with antennas driving through neigborhoods picking up WiFi signals and other intelligence would draw attention. Plus Google doesn't map out places where their equipment can't really be effective -- like private homes, businesses, parks, edges of cliffs.

    The whole principal of crowd sourcing is to get massive amounts of free labor, too.

    EDIT: PGO sends you to specific places. It's directed. Plus, the idea of putting your phone in just the right spot to capture a creature -- that makes the data more precise and effective, I would imagine, depending on what the goals are.

    Not saying this is happening now with PGO and similar location games, but the possibilities are there.

    [–] Americans reluctant to pay for privacy - New survey finds Americans want online services to collect less of their data LizMcIntyre 2 points ago in privacy

    For people who swear by Google, send them to Startpage.com. They can get Google search results in privacy. It's free. It's easy.

    Also easy to send people to DuckDuckGo if they want mainly Yahoo /Bing search results in privacy. DDG also has great features, like bangs. (The !s bang goes to Startpage.com when DDG users want to see what Google offers, too.)

    [–] [Advice needed] FBI pinged my phone after a mistaken pullover and now I don't know whats happening. LizMcIntyre 6 points ago in privacy

    I'd go further to recommend NOT playing Pokemon Go. I've suspected for a long time that PGO could be used to crowd source for law enforcement purposes. Maybe finding you was not in error after all.

    I have an outline of an article I started on this topic if there is any journalist interested in the notes and input from an Austrlian expert on location tracking technologies.

    [–] Nothing Can Stop Google. DuckDuckGo Is Trying Anyway. LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in privacy

    You can also try the Startpage.com Anonymous View option. With Anonymous View, you can visit unknown sites anonymously -- and avoid the tracking.

    [–] Nothing Can Stop Google. DuckDuckGo Is Trying Anyway. LizMcIntyre 3 points ago in privacy

    Fighting fire with fire is a smart strategy of both DuckDuckGo and Startpage.com. We are lucky we don't have to go directly to Yahoo / Bing or Google IMHO.

    I consult with Startpage.com, but still recommend people use DuckDuckGo to get Yahoo results instead of going direct:

    • Startpage.com = mainly Google search results in privacy

    • DuckDuckGo = mainly Yahoo search results in privacy

    Remember: We are SO LUCKY to have privacy choices. We need to support the smart ones so they continue to deliver a valuable service -- and VALUABLE RESULTS -- that people need and want.

    BTW - If you use DuckDuckGo, you can "bang" into Startpage.com using the !s or !sp. Please do not use the !g because that's like going directly to Google.

    [–] Marco Rubio Introduces Privacy Bill to Create Federal Regulations on Data Collection LizMcIntyre 6 points ago in privacy

    The title of the Engadget article about this new bill says it all:

    Marco Rubio proposes a totally uninspiring data privacy bill - The bill would effectively kill states' ability to create their own privacy rules.

    The article is by Anthony Spadafora, btw.

    [–] Americans reluctant to pay for privacy - New survey finds Americans want online services to collect less of their data LizMcIntyre 4 points ago in privacy

    Anthony Spadafora reports at TechRadarPro:

    According to a new survey from the Center for Data Innovation, only one in four Americans want online services such as Google and Facebook to collect less of their data if it means they would have to start paying a monthly subscription fee.

    ...

    The survey found that when potential tradeoffs were not part of the question, approximately 80 per cent of Americans agreed they would like Google, Facebook and other online services to collect less of their data.

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