Your BBB® receives many inquiries from persons concerned about both online and offline privacy.
The Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) has released a plugin for Firefox and Google chrome web browsers that says it will protect you from online spying. The EFF says that Privacy Badger allows you to prevent web sites, their advertisers, and other third parties with less than desirable intentions from recording your online activities. It also makes your online surfing much faster. In this time where we want services to be free, it raises an ethical question. Websites, especially those with ads, are free, and Privacy Badger effectively takes the money out of their pockets. It’s like giving you a magazine with all the ads cut out.
The EFF blog states, “To be clear, EFF isn’t against websites seeking to build businesses around advertising. More business models means a more vibrant Web. But advertising cannot come at the expense of user privacy and the inviolable principle of consent. Until the online tracking industry changes its ways, the only option for users is to protect themselves by installing tools such as Privacy Badger.”
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