So the anonymized data might not be anonymized after all. That is as unexpected as a pot of milk boiling over on the stove when you leave the room. Expect this to be the case with all telemetry as the default. They always claim it is only for improving the products, but in reality it is very often an extremely detailed log of all user activity comprising sometimes of essentially every click and even other data about third party programs other device activity unrelated to the program or data about other devices in the same network, proximity etc. and the way your device communicates with them.
Unless software is open source and transparent about what data it collects for telemetry on a truly voluntary basis, openly asking you about whether you want to send telemetry and giving you equivalent yes and no options without any dark patterns or opt outs, always reject telemetry where possible, go into the settings and turn it off, opt out of hidden data sharing settings and block telemetry and other tracking at the network level e.g. with DNS filtering.
Supposedly anonymized data is very often not really anonymized at all. That is often just a claim to bypass privacy regulations. There are data brokers identifying supposedly anonymized data and aggregating it with other data sources for a business.
Yes, I did.
But KOSA’s chief focus is not to protect young people’s privacy. The bill’s main aim is to censor a broad swath of speech in response to concerns that young people are spending too much time on social media, and too often encountering harmful content. KOSA requires sites to “prevent and mitigate mental health disorders,” including by the promotion or exacerbation of “self-harm, suicide, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.” Make no mistake: this is a requirement that platforms censor content.
That sounds a lot like “Think of the children!” to me.
Are you talking about watching or uploading to YouTube?
You can use NewPipe on Android and FreeTube on desktop as free open source third party clients. They allow you to create (or import) a list of local subscriptions and a subscription tab where the list of your subscried channels’ videos gets fetched and ordered into a chronological list just like on YouTube with an account. They are less responsive and stable than YouTube app and website, but work well for watching your favorite channels.
Can you define what you mean with supercookies? There are two different technologies under that name: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie#Supercookie
Tor Browser works decently for web browsing. It’s a trade off in convenience, but its anonymity is pretty strong. If you need even stronger security, you can go with Tails or Whonix.
You can create a ProtonMail account over Tor, bur you need to verify it with a phone number or a small payment that you again need to get anonymously. It’s a lot of effort, but it’s possible to operate a ProtonMail account anonymously. Whether you really need this is up to your threat model. Also in this case a simple VPN would have probably been enough.
Afterall Chromium is overal a bad option for privacy, control and personal freedom as well as the freedom of the internet. The predominant use of Chromium puts web standards in Google’s hands and thereby threatens the open internet.
I highly recommend against Edge as it is the same as Chrome with Google exchanged by Microsoft as the bad guy.
Ungoogled Chromium does not have automatic updates for Windows as far as I know.
There is always Brave despite its controversy.
But you could also look into Iridium. Make sure to configure it according to your friend’s needs so no privacy feature like automatic cookie clearing bothers him and add uBlock Origin and HTTPS Everywhere. I have not used Iridium myself though and cannot vouche for it but it looks worth looking into.
I would find it interesting to know what your friend bugs so much about Firefox. Firefox is much more customizable than Chrome so maybe that can be resolved. If it has been some time since your friend tried FireFox it might make sense to look back into it.
I’d recommend against Edge. It is the same evil just with Microsoft as the devil rather than Google.
It is at its core made to spy on the user, I think it connects to the user’s Microsoft account automatically and saves browsing history to the account, it is closed source and can therefore not be trusted, the security features of “smart screen” look fishy to me as well.
You can set a custom time range. It is only set to just one month because longer ranges need more resources and time. But yes, it is non intuitive and cumbersome.