Paul Sutton

Privacy

International coalition calls for action against surveillance-based advertising

Interesting article, this fightback has now started, there is hopefully no going back and we will see an end to all this tracking, advertising and other unwanted nonsense.

**Groups in Europe and U.S. ask for action to end practices that threaten citizens’ rights. **

` Every day, consumers are exposed to extensive commercial surveillance online. This leads to manipulation, fraud, discrimination and privacy violations. Information about what we like, our purchases, mental and physical health, sexual orientation, location and political views are collected, combined and used under the guise of targeting advertising. You can read the full article at [1]. I have also included a link to a Discourse thread as well as a link to the Data Detox kit.

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1 Article 2. Discourse Discussion 3. Data Detox Kit

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#YearOfTheFediverse,,Report,#Threats,#Consumers,#Surveillance, #advertising,#Privacy,#Adverts,#Profit,#Digital,#Rights

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Ubuntu 21.04

The new features found in Ubuntu 21.04 [1]

A quick overview of the features of the latest release of the Ubuntu operating system (OS).

This video is provided via Invidious, which is a front end to Youtube, twitter etc that filters out tracking etc. This can be done automatically via Privacy Redirect plug-in [2] for Firefox.

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1 Ubuntu 2 Privacy Redirect

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#Linux,#Ubuntu,#2104.#Release,#April2021 ,#Video,#Invidious,#Privacy,#Redirect,#Browser,#Plugin.NoTracking

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Watomatic

After 15th May you can either accept the new terms set down by WhatsApp or you will need to leave the service, there are alternatives such XMPP, however you may want something to auto respond to message to let your folowers know you have swtiched.

Watomatic sends an automated reply to everyone contacting you on WhatsApp. This is especially useful if you are planning to migrate away from WhatsApp but can also be used as a vacation responder.

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#YearOfTheFediverse,#Android,#WhatsAPP,#AutoRespond,#App,#Privacy,#TermsAndConditions

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Bio metric mass surveillance

More mass surveillance appears to be on the cards, so we need to sign a petition against this, however if you are in the UK, which has left the EU, then the UK isn't listed so I have added a link so you can find you local MP and write to them about this.

We need to make sure a similar law does not end up on our statute books.

We aren‘t walking barcodes! Sign the brand new European Citizens‘ Initiative for banning biometric mass surveillance now!

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#Privacy,#Biometric,#EU,#surveillance,#ReclaimYourFace

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Safer Internet Day 2021

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Safer Internet Day 2021

A few resources that have been shared on the Fediverse recently

The Digital Detox website [1] gives some useful information on how to protect your digital security, privacy and well being online.

Email self defense [2] covers encryption and how you can use techniques to both sign and encrypt email.

The Free Software Foundation : India [4] have produced a nice guide on different messaging apps. I made a post on this a while back.

Of course a good way to stay safe and private is to also use the privacy respecting search engines such as duckduckgo [5] and perhaps install browser extensions such as libreJS [6]

Supporting and following what people such the Electronic Frontier Foundation [7] as the Small Technology Foundation [8] and the Solid Project [9] also a good idea, see what is happening and how these project can give the end user, true control of their data.

Choose better software and hardware, that supports user freedom. Devices such as the PineBook / Phone [10] could really put power back in your hands.

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1 Data Detox Kit * Five steps to reduce your digital footprint * SmartPhone Data * Privacy Search 2 Email Self Defense 3 Free Software Foundation 4 Free Software Foundation : India 5 Duckduckgo 6 LibreJS 7 Electronic Frontier Foundation * EFF – Mastodon 8 Small Technology Foundation * Aral Balkan * Laura Kalbag 9 Solid Project 10 Pinebook / Phone

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#YearOfTheFediverse,#Data,#Privacy,#Security,#Detox

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CryptPad 4

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A look at some of the features of the Rich Text Editor that comes with the recently released, version 4 of CryptPad.

This is a really nice package, and service, Cryptpad also comes as part of Disroot, which is also linked below. The best feature of course is the privacy.

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#YearOfTheFediverse,#CryptPad,#RichText,#Editor,#Text, Cloud,#Privacy

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CryptPad 4 – Rich Text

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CryptPad is a privacy friendly, cloud based collaborative platform giving access to tools such as richtext editor, spreadsheet, Code Editor, whiteboard, presentation module and KanBan board for task management.

The video below (no sound) hopefully demonstrates some of the features of the Rich Text editor.

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Solid Project

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Solid (Social Linked Data) is a project by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. It aims to put data back in to the hands of end users, so they are in more control.

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#YearOfTheFediverse,#SolidProject,#Freedom,#Privacy, #Web,#Internet,WikiPedia,#Decentralised.

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Web Analytics

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MATOMO

Take back control with Matomo – a powerful web analytics platform that gives you 100% data ownership.

Matomo is a privacy friendly alternative to Google analytics. Offering what looks like a good range of features with both free and paid for usage plans.

GOATCOUNTER

Easy web analytics. No tracking of personal data.

GoatCounter is an open source web analytics platform available as a hosted service (free for non-commercial use) or self-hosted app. It aims to offer easy to use and meaningful privacy-friendly web analytics as an alternative to Google Analytics

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

With more and more websites tracking users, collecting vast amounts of data, more and more people are becoming aware of this, not liking what is happening and starting to make a stand.

With the GDPR in the UK/EU, failing to protect user data and privacy now carries huge financial penalties, as well as, of course, reputational damage.

Time to take back control. Time for business to respect user privacy and data protection.

Interesting series

  • Do Not Track is a personalized documentary series about privacy and the web economy.

A FEW OTHERS

CONCLUSION

With a good choice of alternatives, there is now NO EXCUSES.

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#YearOfTheFediverse,#Matomo,#Analytics,#user,#privacy,#NoTracking,#UserControl,#GoatCounter

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