As concerns about data privacy mount, American tech giants are facing a global backlash. In France, the government has announced plans to ditch Google as its default search engine, instead opting to use Qwant. How is the home-grown firm ensuring security and ‘digital sovereignty’?
In a post-Snowden era, people have come to expect tighter privacy and security measures from their search engine providers. In the wake of continued data sharing and breaches, privacy-focused DuckDuckGo has picked up steam in gaining ground on the established players.
The rise of ‘fake news’ has been facilitated by social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, through which 62% of Americans keep up-to-date with current affairs. To combat misinformation, Userfeeds has created a system built on blockchain tech that promotes content based on reputation.
From May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation will mean that if companies want to retain info from people in the UK and EU on their databases, they’ll need to persuade them to opt in. So, how can brands convince those who are protective of their privacy to tick the ‘sign me up’ box?
The GDPR rollout and Cambridge Analytica scandal have raised the public’s awareness of how their online data is used, abused, and profited from by brands. To help web users regain a sense of control over their personal info, Mozilla is helping them avoid trackers by default through Firefox.