Your security and privacy on the internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional.

I hope you got a chance to read the *Privacy Not Included buyer’s guide we launched earlier this week. It’s chock-full of recommendations to help you shop for safe and secure connected products … because no one wants to get something creepy for the holidays!

I thought you might also be interested in why we do this work, and some other projects designed to make your life online more secure and private.

We’re guided by our Mozilla Manifesto principle which says, “Individuals’ security and privacy on the internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional.” We take this principle very seriously here at Mozilla. Especially that “not optional” part!

Here are just a few examples of what we’re up to:

  • Calling out bad practices: We’re not afraid to confront big tech companies like Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Venmo and others with advocacy campaigns that challenge them to do better when it comes to protecting your privacy.
  • Supporting privacy leaders: We support Mozilla Fellows all around the world working on longer-term issues of privacy and security, especially as they relate to AI, data governance, and consumer technologies.
  • Building better models: In the current web ecosystem, big platforms and invasive, targeted advertising make the rules and the profit. This leads to a system of “surveillance capitalism” that drives much of the tracking that follows you around the web every day. So we’re supporting a long-term project, Grant for the Web, that’s based on a completely different model.

Mozilla has a powerful voice in calling for better tech practices because we live these values everyday. Our Mozilla Corporation colleagues build the Firefox browser plus a whole family of privacy-respecting products.

And together, we live by and advocate for a set of “Lean Data” principles — which encourages data collection decisions to provide real value for users, and defaults against collecting any data about you unless it’s truly necessary.

We’ll keep fighting for this core principle. It’s who we are, it’s what we believe in, and it makes a healthier internet – and healthier lives – for all of us.

We hope you will learn more about the projects, tools and resources listed in this message, and share some of those links with your friends and family!

Thanks for reading,

Will Easton

P.S. You might also be interested in our Top 10 Podcast Episodes about Online Privacy, Six easy steps you can take today to protect your identity online, or a just-released special edition of our Internet Health Report called “Privacy Included: Rethinking the Smart Home.