ProtonMail Hits 5 Million Accounts and Wants Users to Ditch Google by 2021

ProtonMail, the Geneva, Switzerland-based encrypted email service, “wants you to be able to completely de-Google-fy your life,” according to CEO Andy Yen. “Come to ProtonMail, and have all the features, plus the security and the privacy that Google doesn’t provide you. So, that’s our long-term vision.”

ProtonMail is primarily different from your free email — Gmail, Yahoo!, etc. — because it encrypts your message and can’t scrape them for data. That encryption also protects them from being read by third-parties if you send an email from your ProtonMail account to another ProtonMail user. But what about encrypted docs, spreadsheets, and slideshow presentations? That’s coming, too, Yen says.

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Apple Will Require All Apps to Have a Privacy Policy

Apple has always had strong privacy policies, updated frequently as new security issues appear. After data breaches at other tech companies and the European Union’s stricter GDPR rules, Apple is now tightening up its App Store. Apple will require all future updates and new apps to provide a link the developers’ privacy policies.

Details may be found in an article by Lisa Marie Segarra in the Fortune web site at: https://for.tn/2Cj63fB.

Big Tech turns Saboteur to Cripple new California Privacy Law

I have written often about the risks of governments becoming a “Big Brother,” similar to what George Orwell described in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. If you haven’t read the book, you need to! However, let’s not forget that governments are not the only ones spying on you and me.

Corporations are sometimes just as guilty as governments when it comes to invading the privacy of citizens, perhaps even worse than governments. For just one recent example, read any of the thousands of online articles describing the recent spying and election meddling performed by Cambridge Analytica by starting at https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Cambridge+Analytica&atb=v73-3_q&ia=news.

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Facebook must be Broken Up and Face Strict Privacy Controls, Coalition Urges FTC

A coalition of organizations is planning to ask the Federal Trade Commission to break up Facebook in order to restore control to its 2 billion users and prevent further abuses of privacy.

Freedom from Facebook, which has decried the tech giant’s mishandling of user data during the Cambridge Analytica scandal, says that Mark Zuckerberg’s company is likely in violation of a 2011 consent decree it signed with the FTC.

The FTC is currently examining whether the tech behemoth did, in fact, violate the 2011 consent decree. If the commission finds that it did, Facebook could be facing fines in the trillions of dollars that would likely bankrupt the company.

Details may be found at https://fxn.ws/2Mnx8TC.

Trump Administration Tells Supreme Court To Wipe Out Decision Upholding Net Neutrality

Repealing net neutrality wasn’t enough for the Trump administration. Today, the administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate a 2016 appeal court ruling that had upheld Obama era net neutrality rules that barred ISPs from blocking, throttling, or prioritizing content. Luckily, the Supreme Court does not take orders from the Executive Branch of the U.S. government.

Details may be found in an article by the Reuters new service at: https://reut.rs/2KqWHwQ.

Four in 10 People Have Deleted a Social Media Account in the Past Year Due to Privacy Worries

Privacy concerns and the circulation of fake news are contributing to people’s distrust of content on social platforms, said the study by public relations consultancy Edelman, with 70 percent of respondents expecting businesses and advertisers to put pressure on social media sites to address false information and remove offensive content.

“We learned that there is a serious lack of confidence in social media in all regions of the world. This is a cry from the heart; people are scared. They are outraged about the violation of their privacy, and uncertain about the truth because of the plague of fake news,” said the consultancy’s president and CEO Richard Edelman in a statement emailed to CNBC.

Details may be found in an article in the CNBC News web site at: https://cnb.cx/2K41Ui8.