I’m aiming to cover as many important privacy topics as possible within this site, but here are some additional resources and tools that you might find helpful.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 1990. Its focus is on defending civil liberties in relation to the digital universe, including privacy, freedom of expression, and access to developing technology. One area of particular note is EFF’s Surveillance Self-Defense project, which offers tips and tools for communicating safely online.
This is a handy tool built by Microsoft Regional Director Troy Hunt. It lets you know if you may have been the subject of a data breach. You simply enter your email address and click to find out the results. You can view your general results without signing up, that is, whether or not your have been “pwned.” But if you agree to email communications, you can view details about what breaches might have impacted you and receive notifications about future breaches.
4. Tor Project
Completely protecting your anonymity online is virtually impossible, but the Tor project can help. When using the Tor network, your traffic is encrypted and routed through several volunteer nodes. There is no centralized authority capable of monitoring your traffic, so you don’t have to place your trust in any party.
File encryption is an important step toward maintaining privacy. GNU Privacy Guard (also known as GPG or GnuPG) is a free encryption software that implements the OpenPGP standard. It can encrypt and decrypt files and communications using a key management system, and can be integrated with other applications. It’s worth noting that PGP was recently discovered to have vulnerabilities, although GnuPG has apparently patched those holes.
Makers of the highly acclaimed Blackphone, Silent Circle is a company dedicated to providing products that help ensure complete user privacy. The Blackphone 2 (the most up-to-date model) is built with privacy in mind. Other products include Silent Phone, an encrypted application for voice and message communications, and GoSilent, a tiny IT security device that fits in your pocket.
OpenMedia is a nonprofit organization based in Canada. The group is dedicated to protecting rights of internet users, including those related to access, privacy, and free expression. It spearheads online campaigns, educates users, and leverages online tools in the fight for digital rights.
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is a nonprofit public information research center based in Washington, DC. Its website provides information about a whole host of topics pertaining to privacy and civil liberty issues. You can find out about privacy campaigns and projects headed by EPIC themselves, including the EPIC Domestic Surveillance Project. This particular project focuses on technologies capable of mass surveillance, such as drones, biometrics, and license plate readers.
Privacy Coalition is a nonpartisan coalition of groups from a diverse range of sectors, and include consumer, education, and technology organizations, among others. It’s sponsored by the aforementioned EPIC and has been around informally since 1995 and formally since 2001. On its website, you can find out about any current actions being undertaken by members of the coalition and find resources pertaining to historical legislative information.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse was formed in 1992 with the goal to educate and empower the public with regard to their right to privacy. One of the highlights of its website is its easy-to-view and up-to-date information about the latest data breaches. You’ll also find a trove of privacy policies and reports, and a blog with engaging and informative posts covering a broad range of privacy topics.
The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) aims to hold accountable companies and individuals that deal with personal data, such as commercial data companies, digital marketers, and media companies. It reviews the activities of these companies and publicizes its findings. The CDD also advocates and educates in areas that require attention. This includes exposing actions that the group deems unfair, such as targeting young people or low-income consumers. The What You Need to Know section of the CDD’s website shares important news stories and highlights of the group’s work.