Whenever some app or service claims to respect your #privacy, check for two things:
1. Is it open-source on both client and server (if applicable) ?
2. Is the service itself decentralized in some way (federated, allows self-hosting etc.) ?
Now evaluate everything you use - iPhones, WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, Gmail etc. using this checklist.
Try to find and use software/services which satisfy both of the above conditions.
@cassidyjames All free software usually ticks both the boxes, but beware of apps that only open-source the client and not the server (e.g. Telegram).
There are cases where the advertised "open-source" product you just downloaded cannot actually be created from its source since it has a lot of proprietary components added on top of the open core. e.g. Microsoft VS Code.
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