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Best WhatsApp Alternatives For 2024 | Time To Go Private!
When it comes to popular chat apps WhatsApp reigns supreme. Yet its reputation has been declining rapidly, not in the least because of privacy concerns and its acquisition by Meta (formerly Facebook). What messaging apps are better suited as privacy-friendly alternatives? We've looked at six popular WhatsApp alternatives that focus on protecting your privacy and security.
Why Bother With uBlock Origin Being Blocked In Chrome? Now Is The Best Time To Switch To Firefox
Your choice of web browser is the crucial link between yourself and the world wide web. When you purchase a new device it typically comes pre-installed with a browser like Microsoft's Edge, Apple's Safari, or Google's Chrome. But these browsers may not fit your personal privacy needs, particularly since Chrome is going to show more ads in the future. When choosing the browser remember that via this browser you access your entire online identity. It is crucial to use a private browser to protect yourself and your data - and we'll help you pick the best one!
Chat Control Update: EU Parliament Decides That Your Private Messages Must Not Be Scanned!
Chat control - one of the worst EU plans that is also being described as a surveillance monster - must be stopped. And the EU Parliament has just decided to do so! In a historic agreement on the EU Commission's Child Sexual Abuse Regulation (CSAR) the European Parliament wants to remove chat control requirements and safeguard secure encryption. The decision came after extensive backlash against the original proposal from technology and security experts, to international scientists and to citizens across Europe. This is a great win for our right to privacy and for upholding our democratic values in Europe, but the fight continues!
2023-11-14 / First published: 2023-07-05
10 Best Private Email Services in 2023
Most people just use Gmail, Outlook or Yahoo Mail. But did you know that signing up for these popular email providers makes your email account vulnerable to tracking, phishing and other cybersecurity attacks? That’s where secure email comes in with powerful alternatives that even offer free accounts. This new generation of email keeps your personal data safe and confidential. Check here why you should create a private email address and which one is best for you!
Privacy win: EU Bans Personalised Ads on Facebook and Instagram
Meta - the tech giant from Silicon Valley that is heavily criticized for privacy violations - is finally seeing some real headwind; at first only from Norway, but now also from the European Union. Started with a fine of only $90,000 a day, the small country of Norway has taken on the tech giant. Now the EU follows this path, which could lead to fines of up to 4% of Meta's global turnover for non-compliance.
2023-11-02 / First published: 2023-08-14
Meta Wants You to Pay for Privacy so Poor People Are Deprived of Their Right to Privacy. Is This Even Legal?
Recently a European Court has judged that Meta's way of collecting and using people's data in Europe has been in violation of privacy regulations between 2018 and 2023. Now Meta announced an option of Facebook and Instagram without personalized ads for 120 euros per year. European users would have the option to pay or agree to personalized ads. But is your right to privacy for sale? Let's find out!
Chat Control Criticism: Why the EU CSAM Scanning Plans Must Fail.
The Council of EU Member States has postponed the final vote on the Child Sexual Abuse Regulation (CSAR), which had been scheduled for Oct. 19th - which is the second postponement already. EU countries simply can't get an agreement on this highly controversial draft, which then - even if EU Member States come to an agreement eventually - also needs to be discussed in the EU Parliament. This is great sign that the regulation, also dubbed chat control and one of the most criticized EU laws ever, might fail.
2023-10-18 / First published: 2023-9-27
Free Speech is Under Fire With the Rise in Global Surveillance
It's Free Speech Week - but is there reason to celebrate? With freedom of speech under fire from increasing surveillance around the globe our basic human rights - the right to privacy and freedom of expression - are trampled upon in too many ways, even in Western democracies. The promise of the free and open internet has failed and in its place a system of chilling effects has been instituted.
The Online Safety Bill just passed - with the option to break encryption anytime. Britain needs to update its "playbook for dictators"!
The Online Safety Bill was passed this week in the House of Parliament, and will most likely become law this autumn. While politicians before passing the law stated that they will not force tech companies to scan for abuse material if encrypted until "feasible" technology to do so becomes available, the clause that gives the government the power to break encryption anytime is still included in the final version of the bill. This is a severe threat to everybody's privacy online.
Australians want better privacy protection - unsurprisingly coming from a country with some of the worst surveillance laws.
Australia - the country with some of the worst surveillance laws - sees a turn in attitudes among its citizens. More and more people demand better privacy protection from companies as well as legislators. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) released a survey on Tuesday that clearly shows: privacy is in high demand.