“The Devil is in the Default”: Protecting Online Privacy | World Press Freedom Day 2011

Think your privacy is safe online? Whether you’re at an Internet café in Myanmar (also known as Burma), checking email on your mobile in Zimbabwe, or chasing criminals in the United States, odds are that you’re exposed.

  That was the message at this afternoon’s breakout session, “Evasive Tactics for Digital Media.”

  Stephanie Hankey, co-founder and executive director of Tactical Tech in the UK, began with the warning that basic web searches can reveal personally identifying information about nearly anyone.

  “The devil is in the default,” she said. “The technology is designed for sharing and openness, and is what exposes people.” She encourages users to look more deeply into the software, platforms and networks they use to ensure that they maintain their privacy.

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