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Stop Repeating this Privacy Lie

Here is a quote from Zack Whittaker as published in the TechCrunch web site:

“Stop saying, ‘We take your privacy and security seriously.’”

Zack Whittaker says that in his years covering cybersecurity, there’s one variation of the same lie that floats above the rest: ‘We take your privacy and security seriously.’

“The truth is, most companies don’t care about the privacy or security of your data. They care about having to explain to their customers that their data was stolen. And when they use this line, it shows that they don’t know what to do next.”

Whittaker also writes:

“I’ve never understood exactly what it means when a company says it values my privacy. If that were the case, data hungry companies like Google and Facebook, which sell data about you to advertisers, wouldn’t even exist.”

He then goes on with lots of details that prove his point. You can read Zack Whittaker’s article at: https://tcrn.ch/2GE807R.

Luckily there is one search engine that doesn’t track you, doesn’t display ads, and doesn’t sell information about you to other companies: DuckDuckGo.com. It can’t sell information about you simply because it doesn’t collect any personal information. I use the DuckDuckGo search engine as my home page. When I launch a web browser in my computer, the first web page that appears is DuckDuckGo.com.You can find my earlier articles about DuckDuckGo.com by starting at https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+%22DuckDuckGo%22&t=h_&ia=web.

I found it amusing that while I was reading Zack Whittaker’s article, an ad was displayed along the side of my web browser, displaying products from another web site that I had just visited a few minutes earlier. Obviously, the web site I visited earlier is tracking my online travels and knows what product(s) interest me. It flashes ads for those products in my face even if I am on other web sites at the later time.

That’s another company I now refuse to do business with.

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

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