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New non-profit organisation offers privacy workshops for everyone

Most people know that surfing the internet has serious privacy implications. What many don’t know is how to protect themselves, their family, colleagues and friends. Meet the Privacy Training Center in Brussels the new not-for-profit training organisation.

The PTC aims to fill the knowledge gap by providing regular workshops about online privacy and data protection. Think of it as a targeted and structured way of doing crypto parties. Workshop participants learn about intrusive online advertising, digital criminals and governments’ digital prying eyes – and how to better protect themselves online.

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The curriculum ranges from raising beginners’ awareness for the privacy implications of using social media apps to supporting the roll-out of e-mail encryption in small organisations. Courses cover online security best practices and tons of useful apps and tools for things like secure file sharing, encrypted messaging and calls, anonymity and web tracking protection. We propose free software wherever possible.

As a non-profit, the PTC first and foremost targets are other non-profits, journalists and citizens, but the PTC also develops tailor-made staff training for businesses. After all, what good is the most secure software environment when employees post sensitive stuff on Facebook? Our workshops can also be embedded in conferences, public library programs, schools or universities. Feel free to ask!

The PTC is an initiative run by a group of IT consultants, programmers, privacy researchers and policy geeks and is the offspring of two Privacy Cafés held in the European Parliament together with EDRi and AccessNow in 2015. Our workshops continue to be available to policy makers from all institutions and political parties.

Website of the Privacy Training Center
https://www.privacytraining.org

EDRi announcement of 2015 European Parliament trainings
https://edri.org/privacy-cafe-2-0-improving-the-security-of-online-communications/

(Contribution by Jan Weisensee)

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