Data Privacy

Save almost £150 on IPVanish VPN’s cut-price deal celebrating Data Privacy Day

In the words of IPVanish VPN, there’s a war for your data going on right now. 

IPVanish VPN and other leading Virtual Private Networks providers are on your side in this titanic battle. They hide your real IP address so that your online activity can’t be tracked, and help you break free from any regional restrictions on your surfing, meaning you can explore the internet in the purest way possible. They also support events like Data Privacy Day. 

An initiative by Stay Safe Online, Data Privacy Day is held annually on Jan. 28 with the aim of raising awareness about how consumer information is used, collected, and shared in society. IPVanish VPN is one of over 300 organisations committed to educating everyone on data privacy best practices and advocating for the protection of personal information online. Read more…

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Apple CEO Tim Cook to Congress: It’s time to stand up for the right to privacy

Apple CEO Tim Cook is on a crusade to make tech companies care more about their users’ privacy.

In an op-ed for Time Magazine, Cook once again called for a sweeping change within the tech industry and how companies handle online data. The Apple CEO is pushing Congress and the Federal Trade Commission to step up and make the moves necessary to protect people’s privacy.

“In 2019, it’s time to stand up for the right to privacy—yours, mine, all of ours,” writes Cook. “Consumers shouldn’t have to tolerate another year of companies irresponsibly amassing huge user profiles, data breaches that seem out of control and the vanishing ability to control our own digital lives.” Read more…

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Facebook and Google accused of using ‘dark patterns’ to mislead users into sharing personal data

Are Google and Facebook misleading European users into sharing more of their personal data than they think?

According to a new consumer advocacy report from the Norwegian Consumer Council, they most certainly are.

The NCC dropped a 44-page report on Wednesday detailing how three of the world’s biggest tech companies are “nudging” their users through “dark patterns” of user interface designs and carefully crafted wording to agree to privacy settings that share their personal data that the GDPR was setup to protect.

“Dark patterns” are designs and user interfaces that are specifically crafted to trick users into buying, signing up, or taking some other action they did not intend to. The NCC report, titled “Deceived By Design,” explains just how these dark patterns are being implemented by internet companies. Read more…

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