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Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg Testifies Before Congress

Mark Zuckerberg is testifying to Congress today regarding the treatment of user data and the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Follow along on Twitter for tons of commentary.

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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.

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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.

You’ll be able to disable and hide Firefox Sync in Firefox 60

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak shutting down Facebook account

Steve Wozniak is another notable name in tech to speak out against Facebook and to delete his account. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has also been very critical of the social network. Wozniak explains that with companies that rely on your data, “you’re the product with Facebook and Google”.

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The History of Private Search Engines

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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.

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