Top Privacy Stories of The Week
Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg Testifies Before Congress
Google’s File on You Is 10 Times Bigger Than Facebook’s — Here’s How to View It
Facebook is the main focus right now as far as user privacy, however Google collects even more information than Facebook. Facebook is not alone in tracking massive amounts of user data. Big tech companies like Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft also play key roles in the “surveillance capitalism” culture on the internet. AntiMedia reported on Monday that Google’s data profile on the average user is 10 times bigger than what Facebook stores.
Firefox 60 To Let Users Hide and Disable Firefox Sync
Firefox Sync lets users sync their browser’s settings, add-ons and bookmarks between different computers. While this offers convenience for some users, others find it to be an annoying privacy nightmare. Mozilla advocates for internet privacy and positive user experiences — and is responding to user requests by letting users hide and disable this feature.
Because syncing between devices means sending information back and forth, it raises privacy concerns.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak shutting down Facebook account
The History of Private Search Engines
For major search engines, like Google, Yahoo! and Bing, the largest revenue stream comes from targeted advertising. Ad targeting relies on massive amounts of user data, something private search engines don’t have. Private search engines use an entirely different business model, one that doesn’t rely on your data.