A couple of news articles about Amazon "respecting" consumer privacy, found on https://pxlnv.com
Amazon’s Poor Record of Internal Privacy Controls Has Enabled Corruption, Snooping, and Insufficient Logging
"We want policymakers and press to fear us."
The Amazon Lobbyists Fighting Against Consumer Privacy Protections
Facebook and Google’s Alleged Collaboration to Fight Privacy | Pixel Envy
Big Tech Is Pushing States to Pass Privacy Laws, and Yes, You Should Be Suspicious
Facebook is using its army of lawyers to create a Trojan Horse into GDPR law so that they can just demand anybody's private information from any company using the loop hole of "legitimate interest".
It starts with the domain name registrars but doesn't stop there.
If anybody is writing up a "reasons to break up Facebook", please add this to your list.
FOSDEM 2020 - Beyond the Pile of Knobs: Usability and Design for Privacy, Security, Safety & Consent
New blog post ✨
Behavioral data, not Biodata
It's not your biodata that surveillance capitalism is interested in. It's your behavioral data.
"I believe strongly in the right to privacy. Without privacy, we can't have agency, and without agency we are slaves. That's why I have dedicated my life to this struggle. Surveillance is a threat to us all, we must stop it."
- Ola Bini
Blaming people for sharing their data with Facebook for what Facebook does with their data is victim blaming.
Facebook gets the majority of its data not from our willingly shared posts but by stealing our behavioral data - location, contacts, offline tracking, financial transactions, buying data from partners, data from every other app in your phone using SDKs, tracking on other websites etc.
A product's privacy claims are only as good as its default settings.
Providing options to change the default privacy-violating settings in some "Advanced" section doesn't make your product a privacy-respecting one.
#TIL about the Panoptykon Foundation.
"Panoptykon Foundation (Polish: Fundacja Panoptykon) is a Polish NGO whose primary goal is to defend basic freedom and human rights against threats posed by the development of modern surveillance technologies. "
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.
Freedom in a Box
My talk about privacy, decentralization, self-hosting, freedom of speech and FreedomBox.
It's a non-technical talk meant to spread awareness about the dangers of mass surveillance and the alternatives that exist to centralized systems.
Links to slides are in the video description.
Delivered at ThoughtWorks Hyderabad for the 46th edition of GeekNight on 2nd Jan, 2019.
In a parallel universe where Ubuntu hadn't provided the "install alongside Windows" option (which it did about 10 years ago), I'd be writing enterprise Java on a Windows 10 machine, blissfully unaware of the existence of free software and believing that privacy is dead if Mark Zuckerberg says so.
It's great to be clean and pure yourself, but sometimes you have step into the mud to pull out others who are stuck in it.
Idealist, technologist and general optimist.
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