Gräßlin: FLOSS after Prism: Privacy by Default
[Security] Posted Aug 8, 2013 23:48 UTC (Thu) by jake
On his blog, KDE hacker Martin Gräßlin issues a call to action for free software developers to have their projects default to privacy-preserving operation.
"With informational self-determination every user has to be always aware of which data is sent to where. By default no application may send data to any service without the users consent. Of course it doesn't make sense to ask the user each time a software wants to connect to the Internet. We need to find a balance between a good usability and still protecting the most important private data.
Therefore I suggest that the FLOSS community designs a new specification which applications can use to tell in machine readable way with which services they interact and which data is submitted to the service. Also such a specification should include ways on how users can easily tell that they don't want to use this service any more."
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