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Episode 568: Snoops, Hackers And Tin Foil Hats

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Episode 568: Snoops, Hackers And Tin Foil Hats

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Episode 568: Snoops, Hackers And Tin Foil Hats

Episode 568: Snoops, Hackers And Tin Foil Hats

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Nico Sell works in her "office," creating an app that helps users avoid data tracking. Mark Reibel hide caption

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Mark Reibel

Nico Sell works in her "office," creating an app that helps users avoid data tracking.

Mark Reibel

An amazing amount of stuff on the internet is free — Facebook, Twitter and Gmail. Of course, it's not exactly free. We pay, with our data. And right now, we're kind of stuck trading our data for all this free software.

Today on the show: two people who want to give you other options. These two people are trying to create services online that collect next to nothing — virtually no information, no data.

A couple years ago, these people might have been dismissed as kooks, but one of them just raised $30 million.

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