Topic

privacy

25 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Ajit Pai, Donald Trump, Cheryl King

Internet Privacy and Net Neutrality

While many of you may think that you are secure on the internet, none of you are. How many of you have a Gmail? How about a Google plus or a twitter account? YouTube? These programs are tracking you. Public law 115-22, passed on April 3, takes privacy protection to a whole new level. On December 16, 2016, the Obama administration and The FCC (Federal Communications Commission), passed a law relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services”, or FCC 16-148. While you can feel free to Google that, it’s a 72-page document, so I’ll just give you the gist of it. This new law protected Net Neutrality and customer privacy. Internet Service providers such as Verizon now had to protect their subscribers from cyberattacks, report any cyberattacks, protect their subscriber’s privacy, and could not sell user data. Consider this: you pay for Internet. You don’t pay for Google or Twitter. Google and twitter’s services are free. Google only makes $32 dollars off you. If you had been willing to pay just $32, you could get Google without trackers! But in the early 2000’s, the consumers decided that they didn’t want to pay for internet services. So, websites like Tripod (The precursor of Myspace, which was the precursor of Facebook, etc.), started placing ads on their pages. This worked great for a while, up until some executive decided that they could make more money if they targeted specific users. (Ad Networks pay-per-click, which means the more clicks on an ad, the more the website makes.) And so tracking was born! But back to Public law 115-22. No only does this law remove online privacy protections, but it also means that ISPs no longer have to report cyberattacks, so your passwords, Social Security Number, and more could be compromised, and Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Bell, or whatever ISP you use, wouldn’t even have to tell you! And guess what? That data that ISPs now have access to means that they are making even more money by selling your data that you pay them to acquire. Not to mention, Net Neutrality is down the toilet as well, which means that the internet could be more like a TV service, where you pay for individual sites, or websites like Netflix would have to pay to deliver their content to customers on that ISP. So what can you do? You can sign my petition, or talk to your local congressman. And to protect your data, you can sign up for a VPN like Tunnel Bear, or use TOR, i2p, or freenet. You can also look for a green lock on the upper left hand corner of your browser to ensure that the site that you are browsing is secure. But most importantly, you need to stay aware of what you are sharing online, and who you are sharing it with. And remember, your data isn’t yours anymore when it’s on the Internet.  

Daniel Meskin
184,251 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Tim Cook

Improve email privacy on Apple devices

Privacy is a human right. We exchange thousands of emails over the years. All these text and attachments provide insight about our private lives and private businesses. Currently all this information can be stolen by hacking into your email account. But there is a way to protect it. It is a technology which is already built into Apple’s Mail App on iPhone, iPad and Mac. It is not just Apple software it is also built into Microsoft Outlook on Windows computers. The problem is, it is nearly impossible for a regular user to understand and configure it. Because of that the usage is minimal and user complaints about the bugs and other problems are not high enough to get on Apple engineers’ radar to fix the problems. It is time to champion email privacy. To support this I released a free app called Secutor on Apple’s App Store. But it is not enough. The bugs and inconsistencies with the user interface that one needs to deal with nearly makes the use of this technology impossible.    I’m asking a top to bottom encouragement at Apple to fix email privacy of their customers.    Please help me to get this issue all the way up to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook to solve it. Mr. Cook last year showed exemplary leadership about the privacy of the data of their customers, I call on his leadership to fix email privacy on Apple’s devices and show Apple’s leadership in respecting their customers’ privacy.     After all, article 12 of declaration of Human Rights by United Nations, establishes that Privacy is a Basic Human Right.   

Tony Yustein
38 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Congress, Federal Trade Commission

Introducing the Right to Remove Personal Information from Search Engines in the U.S.

This petition is for new legislation that should be enacted to provide citizens with privacy protection regarding their sensitive data on search engines. Visit https://Right2Remove.us for more information.Online privacy is increasingly becoming a very concrete social issue impacting families and communities, job opportunities, and mental health. Phenomena such as online harassment, bullying, blackmail, shaming, and hate speech are affecting vulnerable people who do not have the financial and technical means to defend themselves. Basic human dignity is infringed upon, since many are suffering due to stigmas attached to their online information. Search engines have emerged as the gatekeepers of malicious information online. This is why several countries around the world have introduced the so-called Right To Be Forgotten law, which even if not yet perfected, allows for the removal of sensitive information from search engine results. In the United States, there has been a lack of conversation and understanding concerning this right.Personal information concerning common people and the most vulnerable individuals shouldn’t be available on search engines because it violates their dignity, security, and right to privacy. Right to Remove is an Internet privacy policy which identifies straightforward categories of personal information for the legal right to remove links and content from search engines results. Visit https://Right2Remove.us for more information.The Right to Remove would be a simple and workable federal bill to be introduced to Congress and enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.Special categories of information that have an impact on the privacy and security of a subject’s private life and should be part of a basic Right to Remove from search engines: Criminal Justice • Data on civil courts cases and registries such as: divorces, marriages, deaths, and births. • Data on victims, offenders, witnesses, lawyers, verdicts, and testimonies of offenses. • Data collected and filed in courtrooms and in law enforcement offices. About Minors • Data about minors posted or used by them or by any other parties. • Bullying, such as unkind commentary, mocking, hate speech, and name-calling. 
 Intimacy • Information of an intimate nature, such as family matters and personal relationships. • Explicit sexual content, such as “revenge porn” or unconsented explicit material. • Information on sexuality or sexual orientation, activities, and preferences. Free Expression • Information on political affiliations, voting records, and opinion. • Information on religious beliefs, preferences, and activities. • Information on ethnicity, race, and citizenship status. Health • Information on the use of drugs for recreation or due to addiction. • Data on a person’s health, such as medication, disabilities, and diseases. Financial and Personal Security • Data on personal financial records such as debt or assets. • Data that uniquely identifies a subject, such as ID, license plate, or biometric data. • Data collected inside private property, workplaces, or governmental offices. General Abuses • Information about victims of abuse, violence, threats, extortion, exploitation, and humiliation. • Information that perpetually or periodically stigmatizes a person as a consequence of past situations.
None of this information should be searchable on search engines under an individual’s name.
This right applies only to ordinary private individuals and not to businesses, public entities, or public figures. Visit https://Right2Remove.us for more information. The urgency of the Right to Remove is about reminding others of online harassment of women, those in the LGBTQ community, and vulnerable individuals. There have been several suicide cases due to bullying and revenge porn, forms of racism and hate speech that trigger physical violence, or public criminal records produced by mass incarceration that unfairly stigmatize people. Search engine firms and the legal instruments available do not handle all of these situations properly. For instance, even information about minors published online is not regulated in most states.  

Paolo Cirio
208 supporters