July 19th, 2022

If your Instagram feed is like everyone else’s, it’s gotten pretty messy lately. Suggested and recommended posts that have nothing to do with your interests. Video after video, each less interesting than the last. One solution: Quit Instagram! Another, less drastic option: clean up your feed. You’ll like it better, yes, but the big benefit: It’ll be more private. Cleaning up your feed gives you a bit more control over what you see. And that gives you a bit more control over how Instagram looks at you. This article explains how to do it.

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July 13th, 2022

The scam economy—fraudulent emails, robo calls, spam texts—cost victims nearly $6 billion last year. But it’s not just our dollars at risk. It’s our emotional well-being, too. A recent article in the Washington Post describes how the incessant intrusions from unknown numbers, and the need to guard against their entreaties, takes its toll on our mental health.

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July 8th, 2022

An interesting piece from Wired about the increasing importance of end-to-end encryption. The article uses recent Supreme Court rulings as a jumping-off point, but goes on to highlight the widespread benefits of incorporating the technology into daily life. The piece cites studies that refer to end-to-end encryption as a “human rights issue in the digital age.”

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June 19th, 2022

We aren’t the only ones trying to blow the whistle, raise the flag, and holler from the hilltops. NPR and the Washington Post are sounding the alarm, too: App-builders are finding ways to track your kids, even though they know they’re not supposed to. On a recent episode of NPR’s Fresh Air, Washington Post columnist Geoffrey Fowler explained just how tech companies exploit loopholes in privacy laws to gather data on kids.

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June 8th, 2022

You already know that your iPhone isn’t really off when its screen is dark. It wouldn’t be able to buzz when someone calls you if it were. But did you know that “powering down” doesn’t really do the trick, either? Bluetooth and other features continue operating in low-power mode. Researchers now warn that can leave you open to hackers.

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April 24th, 2020

As governments, health experts and tech companies collaborate in the fight against COVID-19, privacy advocates worry the response will weaken our already loose grip on our personal data. Foreign Policy, among other, are publishing pieces looking into how digital tracking tools must be carefully regulated to preserve our privacy rights.

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December 24th, 2019

Sobering words from the New York Times on tracking you: “Now, as the decade ends, tens of millions of Americans, including many children, find themselves carrying spies in their pockets during the day and leaving them beside their beds at night — even though the corporations that control their data are far less accountable than the government would be.” If that doesn’t get you thinking about opting out, it should.

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December 18th, 2019

Privacy Parent’s founder has taken to the radio recently to emphasize the importance of protecting your family’s digital privacy and security. “Information is power,” he told WKIP’s Uncle Mike. “And once you can collect information and create profiles of people, it’s easy to serve them ads, manipulate them, whatever it might be.” Click here to listen to that interview and here for a conversation with Tom Sipos, host of Hudson Valley Focus. “We’re the Guinea Pig Generation with these devices.”

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