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Back in the old days, the word privatus was used to distinguish between those individuals who were private versus those who belonged in the public sphere (publicus). Recognizing this distinction, DigitalReach believes that personal data should belong to the private individual, whose personal data originates from and is shared or used with other parties only with that person’s consent. In response, DigitalReach introduces Project Privat-us, an initiative to strengthen the understandings among the general public on personal data and privacy protection.

Southeast Asia contains approximately 415 million Internet users and ranks third as a region in terms of the most number of internet users in the world after Northeast Asia and South Asia. However, a majority of these users are insufficiently aware of how their usage can affect their individual privacy or their societies at a collective level. Many do not know that their data is being tracked, used, collected, or shared without their consent. While social media platforms like Facebook have become a popular channel for people in the region, only a limited number of people know how their data and privacy may currently be exploited through their use of social media. Similarly, while Southeast Asia’s businesses such as Lazada, Shopee, Grab, GoJek, and Traveloka has become part of people’s lifestyles, there has been little studied and revealed on how these companies treat their customers’ data and privacy. In order for the region to foster a strong digital rights environment, an understanding on digital rights among the public is needed so that people throughout the region know which measures are within their capabilities and can be taken to protect themselves from being exploited.

Project Privat-us is designed to educate the public on personal data and privacy protection in the form of articles published on the DigitalReach’s website and on social media. The content is written in a storytelling style to make people feel connected and covers various topics that users face in their everyday lives when they go online regarding their digital privacy. It is also written based on the context of Southeast Asia.

Through this project, DigitalReach aims for people in Southeast Asia to be able to better protect themselves and their data and privacy from exploitation by providing a platform to discuss various topics that are related to the everyday uses of technology. The content is provided on both DigitalReach’s website and social media pages with illustrations and infographics to help its subscribers and visitors to digest the information in an easier and more engaging manner. DigitalReach strongly believes that protecting private individuals’ personal data and privacy is critical, which must begin with empowering the public with the necessary knowledge and  platform for dialogue and discussion.

FIND OUT ABOUT THE PROJECT in the below topics

cookies

We come across a cookies notification on a regular basis when we visit a website. Have you ever wondered what they are actually about? We explain about the cookies here and the relationship between them and your privacy.

Private Browsing Mode

If you have ever wonder whether the private browsing mode on your internet browser can really protect your privacy, you can read about it here. The article also shows how we can protect our privacy better when we surf the the internet.

Internet browsers

In case you haven’t already known, the browser you use can affect your privacy greatly. This is pretty much about the business model of its developers. This article might open your eyes and change the way you use the browser forever.

Messaging Apps

Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, Line, and Wire help us communicate and keep in touch with people easier. However, they way they treat our conversation might not be the same.

Password Managers

Having a strong password for your accounts when you log in will help protect your privacy as well as your valuable personal data. Having one for each account is excellent way of protection, and that is when a password manage come to play.

2-step verification

It’s a very cool function but sometimes can be a curse.  Just a password is not enough to secure your personal information and your account. Enable it can help chasing bad people away.

search engines

Looking for information is so easy these days with a search engine in our hand. However, each search engine can treat your personal data differently. They might respect you by not record what you search but not all search engines are that way.

encryption

You might have heard about encryption and wonder what it is. It can help protect you from cybercrime and surveillance and benefit your security, especially if you belong to civil society working in a repressive political environment.

virtual private network (VPN)

VPN protects your privacy. However, not all VPN treats your privacy the same. What exactly does VPN do and what to look for in a good VPN is explained here.

free wi-fi

Whether you are at an airport, hotel, café, or a restaurant, you can find free Wi-Fi service everywhere. You might love it and you two become best friends. However, free Wi-Fi might not be that good for you.

privacy settings on social media

It’s so rare to find a person who does not use any social media these days. Knowing about social media platforms you use in terms of how they treat our personal data and privacy can help us to protect ourselves.

camera on your devices

Camera on our devices should be covered for personal security reasons. You will figure out in this article on why it is important to do so and what risks it brings if you don’t.

video communications

If you care about personal data and security, there are platforms that are recommended to use. Talking to each other is great. It will be greater if we can also talk to each other in a secured way too.

maps and your privacy

Doesn’t know how to get there? Afraid to get lost? How much time do I need from Point A to Point B? Maps on our devices these days are so important to us. However, the map app can be too nosy and collect everything about us. Find out more about it in this article.

email services

Have you ever wondered why your email service provider can do auto-suggestion on how you should reply to certain emails? Have you ever wondered why you see some ads after logging into your account on some email service platform? Your email service provider might not be that nice about your privacy after all.

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