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:
*This product is closed-source but they transferred ownership to a foundation. That means Ecosia’s CEO “made a legally binding commitment that: * 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.”[^5]
For a product to be open-source is not the quintessential of taking care of people’s data.
Ownership and gouvernance matters.
Back in April 2020, Keybase, an open-source[^3] messaging and file-sharing application, got acquired by Zoom[^2], the video conference company with dire track-record on privacy and security. Here is a brief overview; Zoom[^1]:
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