Each week 2ndVote takes a look at popular companies that either score well or score poorly. We then provide alternatives that either better align with the 2ndVote values, or that should be avoided to the best of your ability. This weekly series is called The Company Contrast, and the company we will be focusing on this week is Reagan.com (3.23).2nd
Privacy on the internet and the security of users and their private data has become a hotter topic than anyone probably ever anticipated at the onset of the internet. Massive tech corporations commodify users as the “product;” frequently scanning, tracking, collecting, and storing user data in order to sell it to advertisers which then build profiles of who they think users are based on their activities and online behaviors. Before anyone ever had a chance to ask whether or not these practices had moral and ethical conflicts, the race for more and more user data was on. Fortunately, companies like Reagan.com recognize this problem and seek to offer a solution. Reagan.com offers users a secure and private email service that they can trust won’t mine their personal data like the large tech companies. It is a paid service, so users will need to weigh that factor when deciding to sign up. But many see it as a small price to pay for their privacy. Additionally, Reagan.com demonstrates conservative values by taking a stance in support of the 2nd Amendment, as well as publishing educational blogs to help users keep their data secure elsewhere on the internet.
On the other hand, email services like Yahoo (Verizon-owned – 1.43) and Gmail (Google-owned – 1.00) are owned and operated by the same Big Tech companies that seek to treat you like a product rather than a customer, and sell your data to the highest bidder for advertisement space. Not to mention that recent trends have shown that big tech companies have no qualms with canceling individual people based on their private emails and documents. Do yourself and your privacy a favor and avoid these services at all costs.
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