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Privacy deep dives

Chrome’s Incognito Mode is another form of privacy washing
If a web browser tells you you’re “incognito” and can “browse privately”, you might assume your online activities are private and no one is collecting your data. But you’d be wrong. It’s precisely this ambiguity that has landed Google in the crossha
In the public eye, Google presents itself as a champion of privacy. “Privacy is at the heart of everything we do,” its CEO said. But behind closed doors, Google is telling a different story to policymakers and actively fighting against privacy laws
Google has already taken privacy washing to the extreme by trying to brand itself as “privacy focused”, even though its business model is based on surveillance.  Lately, the company’s marketing strategy has turned toward outright Orwellian doublespe
Google Chrome is the world’s most popular web browser by far, with over 3 billion users. Its built-in password manager, Google Password Manager, is its default software to create and store passwords for websites and services. Although convenient for
OpenPGP, the standard defining how to encrypt and sign messages using PGP, the most widely used email encryption format, received a major upgrade, introducing various security improvements and more modern cryptographic algorithms. PGP has been used
With over 4 billion active users and around 350 million messages sent daily, email is the most successful communications tool ever invented. Yet, it has probably been 15 or 20 years since email has primarily been about communications. Today, email i
Google, along with several other Big Tech companies, are now trying to claim they are concerned about the state of privacy on the internet. Google’s CEO even wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times saying, “privacy must be equally available to
The dark web is much like the regular World Wide Web we’re all familiar with, except that the dark web provides much greater privacy. The dark web has a reputation for being a place where you can find and contact drug dealers and hitmen. There’s tru
A new social media app has entered the marketplace for your attention, courtesy of Meta. Threads, an apparent copycat of Twitter, lets you post 500-character, text-based updates and has a similar user interface. The app is part of Instagram, so you c
Many people who use Apple products assume their data is private because of the company’s aggressive marketing on the topic. “Some things shouldn’t be shared. iPhone helps keep it that way,” goes one famous ad. “Privacy. That’s iPhone.” But if you u
  • Privacy deep dives
We’re living in the middle of one of the largest tech gold rushes in recent history. OpenAI’s chatbot reached 100 million users in two months. Hoping to keep up, Google introduced its own AI chatbot, and Microsoft added a chatbot to its Bing search e