VPNs are a must for private browsing in 2020. Here are huge deals on 5 of them

With a virtual private network, you're accessing a separate server for your internet use, making it virtually impossible for hackers or malicious outsiders to track your online activities and hack your accounts.

  • In the U.S., only 5% of web users are protected with a VPN service.
  • These five deals provide protection and unrestricted web usage at top speeds.
  • All five VPN services are currently discounted as much as 97% off.
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    Examining Facebook and the case for privacy

    What happens when a major social media platform's business model abuses user trust?

    • Facebook has been in plenty of hot water lately with user data scandal.
    • Columbia Business School professor Rita Gunther McGrath says the early warning signs were there when considering the social media platform's business model and attitude toward user privacy.
    • When users don't understand the extent of content ownership, and the platform they're using is willing to abuse that trust, a lot can go wrong.
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    Republicans aim to stop school shootings with mass surveillance

    The Response Act calls on schools to increase monitoring of students' online activity.

    • The Response Act was introduced by Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, and was co-sponsored by five other Republican senators.
    • Among other measures, the bill aims to "incentivize schools to enforce internet safety policies that detect online activities of minors."
    • However, there is no evidence showing that student surveillance technologies actually prevent violence.
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    Andrew Yang: Our data should be a property right, new proposal says

    "At this point our data is more valuable than oil," Yang said. "If anyone benefits from our data it should be us."

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    • 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang published a policy proposal this week calling for personal data to be treated as a property right.
    • Currently, tech companies are able to collect, repackage and sell individuals' data with little oversight.
    • Yang wants individuals to have the option to sell their personal data, or opt out of the process.
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    Why Germany is a blank spot on Google's Street View

    There are good historical reasons why Germans are suspicious of surveillance — but is Google as bad as Gestapo or Stasi?

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    • Since its launch in 2007, Google Street View has mapped millions of miles of roads across the world — and even gone to space and into the ocean.
    • Germany and Austria are a conspicuous gap in the mess of blue lines that covers the rest of Europe.
    • It's to do with Germans' curious sense of privacy: they'd rather flaunt their private parts than their personal data.
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