Have you noted the major uptick in news about data privacy concerns? Just last week, European Union authorities fined Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service $270 million for lacking transparency about how it collects user data. Google is expected to pay $15 billion in 2021 to remain the primary search engine on Apple devices. While Apple’s privacy rules currently don’t enable targeted personal ads like Google’s do, the lucrative partnership is raising security flags.

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Is there a price tag on privacy? Everyone has data they want to protect.  

Complex corporate privacy policies are hard to keep on top of. Are you storing your photos and personal data on a cloud-based service? If so, you should be aware that changes to the terms of use may affect their ability to protect your privacy.

Why privacy and control are important for photo storage

Google and Apple are powerhouses for photo storage. Yet neither offers complete peace of mind regarding data security and photo privacy. Our team shared concerns about Google Photos and cloud vulnerabilities earlier this year. Even privacy-conscious Apple recently announced it would start scanning iPhone and iCloud photos for child abuse material (CSAM). The new tool is certainly well-motivated. Still, some privacy advocates object that its surveillance tech could be co-opted by malicious actors, or result in false positives.

Mylio keeps you in control of your photos

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Mylio is different from other photo apps. It’s not a cloud-centered service. We don’t gather personal data to sell to advertisers. Our technology is purpose-built to make it easy to securely store your photos on your own devices (computer, external hard drive, NAS). You always have complete control over where and how your photos and data are stored with Mylio. Indeed, your photos stay with you on your synced devices.

But that’s not all. You can easily add a cloud service with encryption to your Mylio setup. It’s the best of both worlds: adding redundancy to your photo storage and backup system while also protecting your privacy.

Our commitment to safeguarding privacy

Here is Mylio’s straightforward privacy policy. We collect the information you provide, metadata associated with user content, and limited information about others. If you login, like, or share through third-party social networking sites or website-based photo apps, we receive information that you’ve permitted them to share. We recommend that you review, and if necessary, adjust your privacy settings in these apps before connecting them to Mylio.

As mentioned above, if you decide to connect Mylio to a cloud storage service, we protect your files with encryption by default

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By comparison, Google’s intricate 4,000-word privacy policy and terms of service state that they can “host, reproduce, distribute, communicate and use your content.” Your photos may be yours, but they are theirs, too.

People who use Mylio prioritize data and photo privacy 

When Jacob Rush started using Mylio, he found that it dramatically simplified his workflow at Triple Knot Productions. Rush, who has a mild form of cerebral palsy, makes documentaries about people with disabilities and takes privacy extremely seriously. 

“I want to protect the personal data security of the people I work with,” Rush said when we spoke. “I feel secure with Mylio. I don’t have to worry about someone hacking into my internet-based account.”

Why does The Photo Managers CEO Cathi Nelson choose to use the app? “Mylio a file structure on my computer and my external hard drive, and I always know where everything is,” Nelson said. “People are starting to worry more about privacy. Smart people are paying attention.”

To try Mylio and assess its photo privacy tools for yourself, download the app now.