July 13, 2021Is my phone spying on me?A number of data sources—like your phone number, linked accounts, browsing history, your demographics, and even who you’re standing near—create such an accurate portrait of you that it’s like your phone is “spying” on you to deliver hyper-targeted ads.
May 24, 2021How do privacy laws protect us?Privacy laws require websites to disclose what information they collect. Depending on where you live and what the laws are, privacy laws can range from cookie banners to deleting and amending our digital data.
May 4, 2021Why is social media so addicting? Time spent on an app, how long you stay to read a post, where and what you click: All those behaviors are data used to tailor your experience and keep you engaged.
March 3, 2021How should my phone ask to collect my location? What would make it a “good” request?Your location information enables apps to do a lot of neat things. It can also be a sensitive piece of information, which is why your phone doesn't give access to it without your consent. Overall that's a very good thing, but it means the onus is on you to decide: should you say yes when an app asks to use your location?
February 19, 2021What can be discovered through a “private” social media account?All your social media accounts act as a unique web of identifiers. Take small steps like fuzzing your data or creating unique usernames to make your private accounts a little more private.
January 28, 2021What is data?We're serious about answering your questions about data and we didn't want to skip over this one. Here's a post to get you started. If it sparks more questions, let us know!
January 28, 2021What’s a passive indicator?Do you know what all of the icons at the top of your phone mean? Passive indicators, aka status icons, give you information about your device so that you can check the status of things without interrupting your flow.
January 28, 2021Is my phone collecting my location once, while in use, or all the time?Your phone apps collect data through a single location data point (once), a one-off trace (when you’re using an app), or all the time through persistent location tracking. Your phone is piecing together a story about you and your habits every time you location-share.
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