Facts & figures worth knowing
We love digital, and we bet you do too. Sure, we use them all the time, our little digital helpers - apps and services that come free of charge. But are they really free? No. In fact, their providers finance themselves through the 21st century‘s currency – personal user data.
On the expense of your privacy, these services track, save, process, and sell all of your clicks, likes, searches, purchases, and other activities. Worst case, you'll fall victim to cyber criminals, just like every second user in Germany.
Read here the latest results from worldwide studies about digitalisation, data security, and data misuse.
Over 80% of Americans say they worry about their online security
More than 80% of Americans are more concerned about their online privacy and security than a year ago. Furthermore, an overwhelmin majority of 95% are worried about businesses collecting and selling their personal information without their consent.
77% of Germans don't trust U.S. providers on the Internet
More and more Germans are sceptical about using e-mail services or social networks based in the U.S. 77% of the Germans – and that's more than in the year of Snowden‘s revelations – consider the handling of private data on Facebook, Twitter and the like to be problematic.
Every second German Internet user has fallen victim to cyber criminals
A representative survey conducted by Bitkom showed that almost half of all German Internet users have personally suffered from cyber crime in the last 12 months. Most of these cases were malware attacks, but also identity theft as well as online banking and online shopping frauds were reported.
News Worth Reading
Hardly a week goes by without new privacy violations being revealed. Here, you'll find the latest news on topics such as privacy, data misuse, and surveillance that we believe are worth taking the time to read. #encryptionhelps
Facebook reads Messenger chats
Private conversations on Facebook Messenger? Forget it. Facebook checks all messages sent through the Messenger, analyzes links and images, and can even intervene. #deletefacebook
Read at digitaltrends.com
The house that spied on me - an experiment
Kashmir Hill made her home smart to find out wether it would betray her. She connected as many things as she could to the internet, for example an Amazon Echo, her lights, a coffee maker, some kid’s toys, her TV, a sex toy, and even her bed. An eye-opener into the Internet of Things, about how it threatens our privacy and the bothersome character of a smart home. #bigbrother
Read at gizmodo.com
If "offline" supermarkets watched you as closely as Google
Silicon Valley earns a lot of money from monitoring what we do online. To earn even more money, they want to watch what we do especially offline, so they plan to transform any physical space into a data mine. Here's how they try to dig deeper and gain more insights into who we are. #surveillance
Read at theguardian.com