Analysis of 20 of the most popular proxy Android apps reveals nearly 185 million peoples' privacy could be at risk.
VPN, Internet Rights & Security Research
Unfortunately, it can be challenging for the average person to understand the privacy implications of apps looking to profit from their data.
Our Privacy investigations aim to shine a light on the privacy risks of installing and using popular software without doing your own research. We aim to raise public awareness and to push for higher standards from developers and app store operators.
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Simon Migliano leads our research and investigations into VPN safety and digital privacy.
His work examining dangerous free VPNs, identity theft, and internet censorship have been featured in over 1,000 publications worldwide including the BBC, CNet, Wired, and The Financial Times.
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Samuel Woodhams leads our research on censorship, surveillance and internet freedom to help defend internet freedoms around the world.
His research has been featured by the BBC, Washington Post, Financial Times, and The Guardian.