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Major browsers are upping their privacy promises (a good thing), but unfortunately this does not mean they actually stop Google & Facebook tracking. To do that, you have to totally stop their trackers from loading, like the DuckDuckGo app & extension do. spreadprivacy.com/browser-pr…
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"Core to our belief is that behavioral advertising is not only unnecessary & creepy, but enables discrimination, manipulation, & filter bubbles." Watch our VP of Marketing, Cristina Stanley, discuss data privacy in advertising in this @Gigasavvy panel: gigasavvy.com/beyond-the-buz…
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Delighted to announce @EFF will be switching to the DuckDuckGo Smarter Encryption dataset in their HTTPS Everywhere extension! If you're a user, the update will happen automatically giving you broader protection. You can also get it in our app/extension. spreadprivacy.com/eff-adopts…
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Smarter Encryption detects unencrypted (insecure HTTP) connections to websites & automatically upgrades them to secure connections (HTTPS) when possible. HTTPS protects personal data like search terms and anything you view & type from network snoopers. spreadprivacy.com/duckduckgo…
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We generate the Smarter Encryption dataset by continuously crawling and re-crawling websites, ensuring it's up-to-date while protecting you in the background. Privacy, simplified.
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The update is live! If you use Chrome and don’t want to be part of Google’s latest tracking experiment, install our browser extension now: chrome.google.com/webstore/d… For non-Chrome users who want best-in-class privacy protection, get our app/extension here: duckduckgo.com/app
Google embedded a new tracking method called FLoC in Chrome & is turning it on by default. Consequently, we've enhanced the tracker blocking in our Chrome extension to block FLoC (update pending store approval). Extension: chrome.google.com/webstore/d… Post: spreadprivacy.com/block-floc…
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Facebook's data leak exposed "names, birthdays, gender, location & more, with each dataset made freely available online." Check if your data was leaked: haveibeenpwned.com If so, beware of potential phishing scams & fraudulent calls. zdnet.com/article/facebook-s…
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The dark side = dark patterns (deceptive design elements) used by companies to coerce users into giving away their data #TheDuckSide = Privacy, simplified. Opt-out by default through tracker blocking, Global Privacy Control & more Which side are you on? vox.com/recode/22351108/dark…
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A South Korean app collected lovers' intimate exchanges without informing the users & then used the data to build a conversational A.I. chatbot... this "incident of personal data misuse [clearly shows] what can go wrong & how consumers can fight back." slate.com/technology/2021/04…
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FLoC groups you based on your interests & demographics, using your browsing history, to enable creepy advertising & other content targeting without third-party cookies. It continues to facilitate the manipulation, discrimination, and filter bubbles synonymous with such targeting.
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We agree with @EFF & other privacy experts this "is a terrible idea,” especially since there is no opt-in. 2 easy options to avoid FLoC: 1. Don't use Chrome! See our guide to Chrome alternatives (including our own mobile browser). spreadprivacy.com/how-to-rem…
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2. Install the DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials extension in Chrome. We've submitted it to the Chrome Web Store and expect it to be approved soon. Look out for version 2021.4.8, though it should update automatically if you get it now. duckduckgo.com/app
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If you're a website owner, protect all your visitors from FLoC by sending the following HTTP response header: Permissions-Policy: interest-cohort=() Sites are starting to do this already, such as @themarkup, @guardian and, yes, us too (at duckduckgo.com).
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While Google isn’t phasing out third-party cookies in Chrome until at least 2023, FLoC is live today in 2021. If you're reading this in Chrome while logged in to your Google account, you’ll likely be affected. So take action and Block FLoC! More details: spreadprivacy.com/block-floc…
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Signing up for a vaccine appointment online? "A jaw-dropping number of ad trackers & cookies appear on 29 US state vaccine websites." But don't worry — if you sign up using our mobile app or browser extension, you'll have tracker immunity too! popsci.com/story/technology/…
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Is there a bad time to block companies from trying to watch everything you do online? Duck no! Privacy shouldn't be a "mode". Upgrade your mobile browser to one that protects your privacy all the time without any tradeoffs & is faster to boot! nytimes.com/2021/03/31/techn…
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