24 petitions

Started 1 week 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
16 supporters
Update posted 1 month 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 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 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 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
181 supporters
Update posted 4 months 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
40 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to consumers

Personal data should be personal again.

Personal Data ManifestToday big tech firms know more about us than we do ourselves. Instead of helping us to make better choices in life, they earn billions by selling ourprivate details to the highest bidders. We’ve all experienced this to one level or another. You show up for a job interview, and you realize that the interviewer already knows everything about you thanks to a nifty, digital profile compilation tool. You were looking for a gift for a loved one, and were cyber-stalked by product ads for weeks on end. And with new technologies emerging, such as virtual and augmented reality, the potential sources for personal datamining are about to explode. That’s not to say that Big Data is bad. It exists to make our lives easier, more convenient and to help us wade through a world flooded with information to find what’s actually relevant for us. But how do we capitalize on the benefits of Big Data, without giving up control of our personal information? How can we gain transparency and self-determination? We believe personal data should be personal We believe you should be able to decide how your data is used. We believe that just visiting a website, should not mean that you sign over all rights to your personal information to be used against you at any given time. We believe that good things can come from data analytics, but that how analytics are used should be determined, not just by profit-seeking companies, but by the people whose data is being collected. In other words, by you and me. We believe it’s time for new ways of doing business We believe the time has come for new business models that empower consumers to take control of their data. For example, your data is out there but you have no access to it. You have no idea if it is good or bad. You don’t know if it gives an accurate portrayal of you as an individual. And companies who base their go-to-market models and marketing decisions on this data are acting on unvetted information. But what if you could access this information and evaluate it to determine its authenticity? What if it could then be used to help you make smarter decisions and to give you more insight into yourself? Suddenly the balance of power would shift, and the nature of relationships between companies and consumers would change for the better. We’re looking for people who agree We don’t believe we’re alone in this endeavor. We believe there are others who want to harness the potential of data and use it for good. People who want to use technology to put power back into the hands of consumers, so that each individual can be the master of his or her own data, and decide what they want to share, when they want to share and with whom. These companies are already creating a wave of alternative services: personal tools driven by personal data, really serving the interests of individuals. Soon these start-ups will compel tech giants to change course. We want to help them accelerate that process. Our mission is to gather like-minded individuals, be they corporates, start-ups, entrepreneurs or activists, to create a movement that will create an undeniable force for change, one that will compel tech companies to change their business model. By engaging with each other, by sharing ideas, news and events, we can gather an unstoppable crowd to facilitate a tipping point. By providing a platform where we can meet and collaborate, we hope to develop the tools and services that will give us control of our data more quickly. And by doing so, force companies to actually engage with their customers and win their trust (and business) by creating value, not through manipulation. Who we are We are a crowd of conscious consumers, engaged developers, start-ups and business professionals who share these goals: Take back control - Find ways to extract distributed personal data, to collect it in a personal space and be able to decide who gets to peek inside. Cooperate to accelerate - Big change happens when we work together. We need start-ups as well as corporates, politicians and programmers; anyone who wants to contribute, to help us create the tools and services necessary to take back control. Create new business models that benefit all - Systemic disruption will only take place when the change benefits both business and society. We seek business models that create value for all. What you can do We need your help. The more people, the bigger the impact. If you agree with what you read here, and you want to help us enact change, here’s what you can do: Make your consent known. If you agree with this manifesto, sign this petition. There is strength in numbers, so the more individuals we gather, the stronger our ability to enact real and immediate change. Join our channel. Go to and follow our Medium publication. You’ll be the first to know about new initiatives you can join or events you can attend. Get involved. Reach out to for a (digital) coffee and an opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas.

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