Ex-Googlers are Fighting the Mothership

In a world where your every move is tracked and supplied to third party vendors through practically every website you visit, there are a few knights in shining armor who are fighting to keep your information under wraps. Ex-Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) engineer Brian Kennish developed Disconnect Facebook in October 2010, a Chrome extension which allows you to visit Facebook, but disables all third-party site traffic to Facebook servers. The program was such a huge hit that Kennish went on to develop Disconnect, a service that would disable third-party tracking while users visiting sites other than Facebook as well.

Kennish tells TechCrunch that Disconnect, now with 400,000 weekly active users, turned into more than he ever thought it would be. Given the demand for privacy protection, Kennish co-founded Disconnect.me with Austin Chau, another former Google engineer, and consumer rights advocate Casey Oppenheim. The company has since expanded their offerings to include Google Disconnect and Twitter Disconnect for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari and increased their Facebook Disconnect service to Firefox and Safari as well.

Disconnect.me’s “About” page says it best: “We think your personal info should be treated with respect, that you should be the steward of your digital self, that you should own your own data. But today, you’re getting a bum deal. Thousands of companies and organizations are taking, analyzing, and auctioning off things like the history of the webpages you go to and searches you do, without even telling you. So we’re building a platform to put you back in charge and let you decide who does what with your online data.” So this vigilante company fights in the shadows for your privacy. And the best part, their service is free. Keep this company on your radar for sure, as it could easily be the next big thing.

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