Privacytools (“PTIO”) is a project with the noble mission to “provide knowledge and tools to protect your privacy against global mass surveillance”
Sounds useful, no? Sadly, their website does the opposite of its claim: it leads people straight into mass surveillance centers through endorsements of bad players. The site is rife with entities that privacy seekers should be avoiding.
They not only show poor judgment by endorsing privacy abusers who work directly against their mission, but they also neglect to enumerate the traps and pitfalls on the endorsement pages. Apart from the transparency problem, security experts expose lots of privacy abuses in the website bug tracker which have little influence on decisions made by the staff that’s in control of commits.
PTIO is totally blind on the importance of setting an ethical example that is consistent with their own mission. If PTIO cannot handle ethical privacy-respecting tools themselves, how can they possibly expect to give novices confidence? PTIO’s credibility is in the shitter as it proudly displays branding for the following on their website:
|shameful example||why it’s a problem|
|Microsoft Github||PTIO uses a Microsoft Github repo to manage bug reports. There are copious problems with this foolish choice. PTIO makes a failed attempt to reason that they want to be where the most people are. With that kind of rationale, they’ve self-defeated their mission.|
|PTIO claims Twitter is “for outreach”. If PTIO needs to reach Twitter users, they can have a Twitter account. But to link into Twitter from their website takes the hypocrisy beyond outreach. Users who land on their clearnet website have already been reached. It’s both foolish and reckless to lead people from the open web back into Twitter.|
|Richard Stallman gives good advice to those who refuse to accept the reality that they don’t really need Facebook. If you believe you cannot live without Facebook, you still cannot justify linking into FB from the free world. To link from FB to the open web is sensible. To link the other direction is to be an excessive and needless enabler of privacy abuse.|
|Microsoft LinkedIn||same issue as Twitter and Facebook|
|Amazon-hosted. Same issue as Twitter and Facebook|
It’s plainly evident when navigating privacytools.io that there’s a serious credibility problem.
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