Online privacy events: Data Privacy Day and Safer Internet Day

This year’s Data Privacy Day and Safer Internet Day are back-to-back, and as part of our efforts to support both events, we are launching a new website aimed at helping families take better care of their online privacy.

Activate Privacy provides you with a number of small, actionable steps that you can follow that will help you take control of your online data and privacy, and help your children or elderly parents better protect themselves online.

From installing anti-tracking extensions in your favourite browsers and using a private search engine like Findx, through to using privacy-aware online services for chat and file-sharing, we promise that you’ll find a quick activity that you can do yourself, or help your family members complete on Activate Privacy!

Findx is a Champion of Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day is on 28 January 2018, and aims to raise awareness about the issues surrounding data privacy online. This year, there is a strong focus on protecting children and the elderly who are new to the internet. We hope you will join in and chat with your family members about protecting their data online, and encourage them to use services that respect their privacy.

Findx is a Safer Internet Day Supporter

Safer Internet Day 2018 is on 6 February and aims to raise awareness of a wide range of online issues from cyberbullying all the way through to identity theft. Each year has a different theme, and this year’s theme is “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you.” If you have younger children, please do talk with them about how they can create a better space online for themselves and their friends and schoolmates, and also how they can protect themselves from the shadier aspects of the web!

Why we think Privacy is good for business

Personal informationn may be valuable to business, but at Findx, we made it our very core not to collected it, and belive we can create value in other ways.

According to the Eurobarometer report on ePrivacy Europeans already act to keep their secrets and actively considers how to activate privacy features.

  • 60% respondents have already changed the privacy settings on their Internet browser
  • 37% use software that protects them from seeing online adverts
  • 27% use software that prevents their online activities from being monitored.
  • 65% of respondents have taken at least one of these actions.
  • 69% totally agree the default settings of their browser should stop their information from being shared.
  • 65% totally agree they should be able to encrypt their messages and calls, so they are only read by the recipient.

Nearly 75 percent of Americans feel it is “extremely” or “very” important that companies have “easy-to-understand, accessible information about what personal data is collected about them, how it is used and with whom it is shared.

We’ve taken the following actions to create a culture of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.

Findx does not collect any personal information about people

Findx has zero tracking of people and value privacy and independence. Read our Privacy by design principles

We value transparency in our algorithms, and build open source software

We aim to help people get their essential privacy settings right, and avoid being exploited by online data collectors.  We wrote our privacy policy, or “privacy promise” as we named it, to tell you how how we handle your data. Read about what privacy means to Findx here

We are a small team and very privacy aware

We all take a role whether it is talking about privacy at international events like the DataEthics Forum, or setting the right level of privacy and security for our friends and family to respect and protect their personal information.

As an employee at Findx it comes natural – it is the core of our business to put peoples privacy first.

In addition to our privacy practices, we set new standards for our partners

we cannot take responsibility for every companies privacy policies, but we can make a set of strict requirements for our partners, and it is fundamental to us that we can’t sell or distribute personal identifiable data about people to any partners.