«We need privacy to explore new ideas freely, to make up our own minds. protects us from unwanted pressures and abuses of power. We need it to be autonomous individuals, and for democracies to function well we need citizens to be autonomous».


Location tracking apps and implications


«Thanks to machine learning techniques, these data provide sensitive information such as the place where users live, their habits, interests, demographics, and information about users' personalities».

‘Smart’ TVs Track Everything You Watch


Disconnect your from the and use a set top box or stick with some degree of you can control. Even if you’re not worried about the privacy angle, it’s just a waste of bandwidth.

- Should an employer use your facial expressions to decide if you’re fit for a job?

- Should the police put you on a list of suspicious people based on the way you walk?

- Should a shop only show you products based on their assumption of your gender or ethnicity?

- Should a university deny you a place on your favourite course because of the people you meet up with?

- Should your car insurance increase your premium because of the way you dress?


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Are you still writing cool posts to obtain likes insted of writing interesting things that stimulate discussion and interaction?

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Before you can do bad things to people with a clear conscience, you must dehumanise them. In Big Tech designers and developers can build systems that track, profile, and exploit people then go home to hug their kids because they’re not people to them, they’re “users” and “data.”

«As the user’s terminal equipment, including both hardware and software, may store highly personal information, such as photos and contact lists, the use of processing and storage capabilities and the collection of information from the device will only be allowed with the user’s consent or for other specific transparent purposes laid down in the regulation.»

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Investigation Xoth: location


The found in these 450 are notable not only for their global reach but also a continual presence at the heart of scandals.

The New York Times shows once more how easy it is to identify people through their apps. In a , this data should not be collected. The police don't need it. And it is available for too many companies and people to misuse.


The data showed what some in the tech industry might call a God-view vantage of that dark day. It included about 100,000 location pings for thousands of smartphones.

«The model of online platforms not only has an impact on free and fair competition; it also has an impact on our democracies, our security and the quality of our information. This is why we need to limit, by democratic means, the huge and currently largely unchecked political power of the internet giants ».
- Open letter from the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen


Canadian authorities say Clearview is "illegal," and threatens further action if the startup does not stop collecting facial recognition data on Canadians.


Think of your favourite news website. Check its behaviour on this inspector: themarkup.org/blacklight

If you find one not telling about your visits please reply here under.

Signal discovered that Tecnomobile devices (some of the most popular phones in ) enable notifications for apps like , but block notifications by default.

should be the default but is using its money power to crush competition across the globe.

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