Privacy Digest 04/23

Forget Milk and Eggs: Supermarkets Are Having a Fire Sale on Data About You

When you use supermarket discount cards, you are sharing much more than what is in your cart—and grocery chains like Kroger are reaping huge profits selling this data to brands and advertisers.

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A researcher tried to buy mental health data. It was surprisingly easy.

A Duke University report found 11 data brokers agreed to sell information that identified people by issues, including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, and often sorted them by demographic information.

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What is the best browser for privacy?

Ghostery has collated a list of private browsers, listing their origins, uses & benefits and shedding light on privacy concepts in mass market browsers. Read up on everything you should be checking for in private browsers to cover your needs.

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Whistleblowers Take Note: Don’t Trust Cropping Tools

Cropping tools like those in Google Docs allow viewers to see the full, original images.

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Protecting privacy online begins with tackling 'digital resignation'

Many people have become resigned to the fact that tech companies collect our private data. But policymakers must do more to limit the amount of personal information corporations can collect.

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When my dad was sick, I started Googling grief. Then I couldn’t escape it.

I’ve spent months trying to untrain the algorithms that were relentlessly serving me content on loss.

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