Update: added 2 Android OS, 2 phones, a search engine, a map app, 2 blog CMS, and a tool to delete Tweets to list.romainaubert.com
I maintain a list of products that respects people’s data, and are user-friendly. Generally, I add products that are a good alternative to Google’s tools, to help people switch.
I do not have specific requirements yet for products I add to the list. Some are open-source, some are Free/Libre and Open-Source (FLOSS); all products tend to be “user-friendly” so people switching from Google can adopt them.
I just added:
- Android OS: GrapheneOS, LineageOS
- phone: Librem 5, PinePhone
- map: OSMad
- blog: Ghost, Hugo
- Semiphemeral, a tool to delete tweets
- Signal, a MIDI Editor
- search engine: Ecosia*
- Company shares can’t be sold at a profit or owned by people outside of the company.
- No profits can be taken out of the company.”1
For a product to be open-source is not the quintessential of taking care of people’s data.
Ownership and gouvernance matters.
Here is a brief overview of Zoom’s privacy and security trackrecord; Zoom4:
- lied when it claimed it used end-to-end encryption,
- collects a tone of data: “including user name, physical address, email address, phone number, job information, Facebook profile information, computer or phone specs, IP address, and any other information you create or upload;”
- sends data to Facebook (even if you don’t have Facebook account);
- secretly displayed data from people’s LinkedIn profiles;
- and is prone to pressure from Chinese governement
NYC even banned its schools from using it for remote classes.5
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