A group of 12 companies have come together to create what they describe as an “alternative Internet” that is set to be controlled by large tech corporations. A privacy-focused internet For the good of the people.
The Confidentiality Pledge Signed by various well-known developers of privacy-focused services, such as web browser operators brave And The Tor ProjectMobile search and web browser Nivaand secure email solutions Proton And broken.
The group says the five core principles contained in the Privacy Pledge, which do not endorse or reflect any particular public policy or technological tool, will serve as a starting point for returning the Internet to the original vision of its creators — an open, democratic and private platform that Facilitates the free exchange of information, open communication and personal privacy, against the backwardness of big technology and Surveillance capitalism.
The move comes as a growing wave of ordinary web users are moving away from services controlled by The likes of Google and Meta, and governments around the world consider adopting stricter online privacy laws As such, the signatories believe that it is important for the private sector to take the initiative to move towards a private Internet.
Andy Yen, founder and CEO of Proton, said it was clear that the Internet was no longer serving the interests of ordinary users.
“What was once a shining light for the free exchange of information, the democratization of knowledge, has become a tool of the powerful. Giant corporations routinely monetize our private lives while trying to sell us false promises to protect our privacy. But there are other ways,” he said.
“Companies, like those who have signed this pledge, are putting forward a personal alternative to the status quo. By holding ourselves to high ideals, we believe we can set an example to other innovators and offer true privacy to users. By working together, we can return the Internet to what it was meant to be.”
Sridhar Ramaswamy, CEO and Co-Founder of Neeva, added: “For too long, big tech has used customer data, abused market share, taxed small businesses and shut out competition to be the most powerful gatekeeper of our entire online experience. gave The ‘free’ internet model comes at a high price; We pay for it with our attention and our privacy. Consumers deserve greater choice in services that put user privacy first.”
“On today’s Internet, people waive their privacy rights by agreeing to unread terms and clicking privacy warnings,” said Arne Moehl, CEO of Tutanota.
“The reason is simple: we’ve learned how the Internet works. We were trained to hate clicks. We were trained to hate reading terms. But big tech uses this attitude against us. The internet we have today is fast, easy and the personal enemy of everything. That’s why we’ve launched the Privacy Pledge with other privacy-first organizations. Because a better internet is possible.”
The five principles are defined as follows:
- The Internet, after all, should be built to serve people. This means it respects basic human rights, is accessible to everyone and enables the free flow of information. Businesses should be managed in such a way that users’ needs always come first.
- Organizations should only collect data necessary to prevent abuse and ensure the basic functionality of their services They should seek people’s consent to collect such information. People should also be able to easily find a clear explanation of what data will be collected, what will be done with it, where it will be stored, how long it will be stored and what they can do to have it deleted. To the degree organizations must collect information, they must employ data management practices that put user privacy first.
- Human data should be securely encrypted in transit and at rest wherever possible to prevent mass surveillance and reduce the risk of hacks and data leaks.
- Online companies should be transparent about their identity and software. They should clearly state who makes up their leadership team, where they are headquartered and what legal jurisdiction they fall under. Their software should be open source wherever practical and open to audit by the security community.
- Web services should be interoperable because interoperability does not require unnecessary data collection or undermine secure encryption. This prevents the creation of walled gardens and creates an open, competitive space that encourages innovation.
The current list of signatories includes:
- Matters for data rights activists, academics and Netflix Great hackthe professor David Carroll.
- Encrypted email service mail fence.
- Tracker-free search engine the magic.
- Open the email platform provider Open-Exchange.
- Digital rights are non-profit OpenMedia.
- The Tor Project.
- Secure chat app Three.
- and ad-free, privacy-focused search engines you.com.