Privacy Guides is your central privacy and security resource to protect yourself online. Formerly the PrivacyTools team 😎

Joined May 2021
We know lately there's been some confusion surrounding our project, and we wanted to detail how we see the situation as it stands currently:
🧵 First, a little history of PrivacyTools: PrivacyTools was founded in 2015 and quickly became a trusted resource for those looking for privacy-respecting tools, software, and services. It was operated by one man with suggestions from Twitter and Reddit.
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Privacy Guides retweeted
Great article from @_reallifemag. People pay a premium for tracking technologies that get imposed unwillingly on others. reallifemag.com/luxury-surve…
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Privacy Guides retweeted
For past contributors who are concerned or affected by OpenCollective changes mentioned in this announcement, please also read this and get in touch privately if you have other concerns. The intention is to have clean separation between these projects :) opencollective.com/privacygu…
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The brilliant minds at the @internetarchive have finally invented a way to look FORWARD in time, and... hmm, 2046 is looking a bit bleak wayforward.archive.org
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Here's what that plan was:
🧵 The team rebrands as "Privacy Guides" This is the third and final thread on how we got here. If you'd like, you can read our previous threads on... The history of PrivacyTools: nitter.net/privacy_guides/s… The problems that led to our new project:
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Read through this next thread to find out our motivations for becoming Privacy Guides:
🧵 Problems brewing at PrivacyTools in 2020-2021 This is a continuation of our first thread on the history of PrivacyTools, which you can read here:
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Shortly after this as many are now aware, the founder of PrivacyTools returned concerned about his now lack of access to the subreddit and these projects. Again, processes that had been in the works for months now, in public, on official PrivacyTools platforms.
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Since, he has replaced the website on the original domain name with a newly-created one, and has been publishing information on the former PrivacyTools Twitter account we now have no access to that is contradictory to the plans we've outlined to our community for months now.
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I am very happy it has turned out he's alive and ostensibly looking to be involved with the privacy community at-large again. We hope to see this new project remain active!
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However, what is currently happening with privacytools.io is exactly one of the major problems we hoped to avoid with this rebrand, and it demonstrates to us that we made the right decision to move forward as a team with Privacy Guides :)
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* So, why have we been referring to this as a rebrand? We believe that our project is much more than just whoever owns the "PrivacyTools" domain. We've built and strengthened new and existing communities of ours over the last few years that make our project what it is today.
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To be perfectly clear, every active team member for the past 2+ years, as well as our online communities, sponsors, etc., are all working on Privacy Guides from this point forward.
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The version of PrivacyTools that currently exists is not the content that our project has worked on for the past few years, that information is available at privacyguides.org.
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Again we wish this newest "v0.1" iteration of "PrivacyTools" all the best and hope to see it remain an active resource for the privacy community.
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But, privacytools.io should be noted as an entirely separate project to what we have been working on. We have not yet evaluated any of its claims nor can say anything to its long-term reliability.
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