It’s hard protecting your privacy online, especially when throwing it away has been made so easy. Most online services allow logging in with our existing social media accounts — which saves us time and effort — but not without costing us our privacy.
A new open-source service created by the OPERANDO project will attempt remedy this by increasing the power users have over the data they transfer to online service providers.
The service is called PlusPrivacy and offers a unified social networks privacy dashboard where you can manage your privacy settings for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others — all in one place. There’s also a “single-click privacy” which automatically sets all your accounts to the most “privacy-friendly values.”
In addition to this, PlusPrivacy has similar dashboard to view data collection of apps and extensions along with an alternative email identities service. These are all incredibly important tools to increase people’s awareness about their presence online, but the most intriguing feature is the “Privacy-for-Benefit.”
“Privacy-for-Benefit” is still being developed but the plan is to create new business models which will allow users to partially trade their private data for “economic benefits” — which could be the first step towards…