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Privacy Resources

I have found the following to be useful sources of information about privacy and am sharing them to help other people:

Even so, Gmail has a lot to offer if your main concern is security, as distinguished from privacy:

If your main worry is that hackers could gain access to your email, then you should rely on Gmail. To be clear, for a majority of users, the threat of hackers trying to break into their emails looking for a way to make a quick buck is more real than the threat of a government investigating them as part of a crime. With the proliferation of phishing attempts and the threat of hackers obtaining your password via hacks of other services, this is what the average consumer should be worried about. Google has one of the best teams of security engineers in the world. Moreover, the company has several strong security mechanisms for users to protect their account.

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Privacy: Major News Sites Collect Data Too

Timothy Libert, a computer science faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, wrote in The New York Times in 2019:

The press has performed admirably in reporting on privacy violations by the National Security Agency and major internet companies. But news sites often expose users to the same surveillance programs and data-collection companies they criticize. Even articles that explained how the N.S.A. was using Google cookies to “pinpoint targets for hacking” often included the exact same cookies revealed by Edward Snowden. Likewise, articles about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica often include Facebook tracking code, allowing Facebook to keep tabs on what people read.

Libert points out that surveillance on news sites can reveal personal information like political leanings and health interests.

We all need to protect ourselves even when visiting “trusted” sources.

Fortunately, Libert’s site reports no trackers.