How the evolution of privacy startups is helping ordinary web users take back control of their data
Addressing the Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference over the weekend, Edward Snowden entreated hackers, engineers and activists to fight surveillance by building a new generation of privacy tools for everyone to use.
In fact, privacy startups are already hard at work building tools to help web users protect their privacy in areas such as analytics, encryption and search.
However, there is still much work to do to put these tools into the hands of the ordinary web user.
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Since the NSA revelations last year, this task has continued to grow in significance as more and more privacy scares have grabbed the attention of the general public.
Earlier this month, for example, an employee of Germany's intelligence service was arrested on suspicion of spying for the US.
However, it’s not just the NSA that is the guilty party. Corporations such as Google and Facebook are also building treasure troves of personal information to share with others, often without user consent.
Emerging technology startups from around the world have responded to privacy concerns by building user-friendly products in three key areas: analytics, encryption and search.- See more at: http://www.information-age.com/industry/start-ups/123458283/hackers-world-unite-privacy-startups-answer-snowdens-call#sthash.cOc1xyLN.dpuf
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