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ICYMI: July 19 - July 25

ICYMI: July 19 - July 25

ICYMI is posted every Monday recapping privacy news over the last week from around the web.


DuckDuckGo launches new Email Protection service to remove trackers

The company’s new Email Protection feature gives users a free “@duck.com” email address, which will forward emails to your regular inbox after analyzing their contents for trackers and stripping any away. DuckDuckGo is also extending this feature with unique, disposable forwarding addresses, which can be generated easily in DuckDuckGo’s mobile browser or through desktop browser extensions.
From then on, when email is received, scanned, cleaned of trackers, and forwarded to your email, DuckDuckGo inserts a small bar at the top of the email notifying of any trackers removed. Clicking on that bar allows a user to get more information on the trackers blocked or deactivate a disposable address that has been compromised.

This isn't a full blown email service and there's no ability to send outgoing email, but it's a good service by a well known privacy friendly company for those in need of this type of thing


Top U.S. Catholic church official resigns after cellphone data used to track him on Grindr and to gay bars

"A mobile device correlated to Burrill emitted app data signals from the location-based hookup app Grindr on a near-daily basis during parts of 2018, 2019, and 2020 - at both his USCCB office and his USCCB-owned residence, as well as during USCCB meetings and events in other cities," the Pillar reported.

"The data obtained and analyzed by The Pillar conveys mobile app date signals during two 26-week periods, the first in 2018 and the second in 2019 and 2020. The data was obtained from a data vendor and authenticated by an independent data consulting firm contracted by The Pillar," the site reported. It did not identify who the vendor was or if the site bought the information or got it from a third party.

It doesn't matter who you are, data collected is data to be abused


What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately?

In order to stay one step ahead of online trackers, Brave regularly releases new privacy features and improvements. This post discusses four recent changes in Brave that achieve better user privacy and Web compatibility.

More privacy protecting features is a good thing