Update Your Configuration
Four relatively easy things will go a long way to being able to connect online and search for health information without being personally identified and tracked. You can get a secure private connection to the internet, block ads, and use a search engine that does not record what you do with a browser that is privacy-friendly with appropriate settings.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation offers a Surveillance Self-Defense website with overviews, tutorials and briefings.
Security Planner by the Citizen Lab generates a set of recommendations to improve privacy and security. This is a very easy to use application where you answer three questions that return a recommended set of actions and links to additional information.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse publishes a set of online guides about how to protect your privacy.
The Tactical Technology Collective publishes a website, Me And My Shadow, dedicated to helping you “take control of your data.”
Please see the Health Information Websites Notes and Links for More Information for additional resources.
Support Proactive Non-Profits
The mission of several outstanding not-for-profit organizations includes helping all of us protect our privacy.
“The Center for Digital Democracy is recognized as one of the leading consumer protection and privacy organizations in the United States. Since its founding in 2001 (and prior to that through its predecessor organization, the Center for Media Education), CDD has been at the forefront of research, public education, and advocacy protecting consumers in the digital age.”
Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Electronic Frontier Foundation offers a Surveillance Self-Defense website with overviews, tutorials and briefings. “The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.”
Electronic Privacy Information Center
“EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2018, EPIC will work to protect democratic institutions, promote algorithmic transparency, and defend the right to privacy. We need your support. And EPIC is a top-rated non-profit – Charity Navigator (Four Star) and Guidestar (Gold). Please donate to EPIC today.” Defend Privacy. Support EPIC. »
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse publishes a set of online guides about how to protect your privacy. Since 1992, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has empowered individuals to protect their privacy by providing direct one-to-one assistance, creating original educational publications, and advocating for consumer-friendly policy.
The World Privacy Forum is dedicated to reimagining privacy in a digital era through groundbreaking, in-depth privacy research, analysis, and consumer education of the highest quality. Our vision is to empower people with the knowledge, rights, and tools they need to protect their privacy and shape their digital lives.