Q: When introduced to new privacy solutions (such as DuckDuckGo or Disconnect), what assurances do we have that these solutions aren’t themselves stealthily tracking our computing or internet activities?
A: Before trusting a lesser-known privacy solution, at a minimum make sure that it meets the following criteria:
- The company makes definitive public statements confirming it will not collect your data (which could subject it to lawsuits if it does).
- The company undergoes annual or periodic security audits by reputable auditors, and those findings are made public.
- The company is endorsed by well-known, high-profile companies that have a vested interest in protecting their reputations.
J. Carlton Collins ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) is a technology consultant, CPE instructor, and a JofA contributing editor.
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