Bernie Sanders Is Most Trusted For Consumer Privacy, Survey Says

Bernie Sanders is the most trusted Democratic presidential candidate in the 2020 race in terms of protecting consumers’ privacy. He was also the candidate most trusted to maintain a free and open Internet. The survey from ExpressVPN and Propeller Insights found that, when it comes to protecting online data, consumers said the most trustworthy Democratic presidential candidate was:

  • Bernie Sanders: 29%
  • Joe Biden: 24%
  • Kamala Harris: 19%
  • Beto O’Rourke: 13%
  • Elizabeth Warren: 12%
  • Cory Booker: 9%.
ExpressVPN Survey Presidential Candidates
ExpressVPN Survey Presidential Candidates

In an interview with Security Baron, Harold Li, Vice President of ExpressVPN, cited Senator Sander’s opposition of the Patriots Act’s mass surveillance program and his promise of net neutrality as reasons why the survey respondents chose him as most trustworthy for both protecting online data and preserving a free and open Internet. In a discussion on Reddit, Senator Sanders wrote,

I worry that we are moving toward an Orwellian society and this is something I will oppose as vigorously as I can.”

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What Is A Free, Open Internet?

Although the term “free, open Internet” has been used often in this election cycle, many people aren’t aware of exactly what it means. Li told Security Baron that a free and open Internet is one where we are not unduly restricted by governments in corporations in our ability to communicate, access and share information, and build upon the platform.” Right now, Li explained, some Internet providers can create fast speeds for some websites while slowing down others, “picking winners and losers on the Internet or even limiting your access to certain types of content”. 

How Users Can Increase Online Data Privacy

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One solution to ensure personal privacy on the web is to use a Virtual Private Network, commonly known as a VPN. VPNs, which have risen in usage by Americans by 50% in 2019, according to an ExpressVPN survey, encrypt all web traffic in a tunnel, thwarting off hackers while using public Wi-Fi. “Anyone using the internet should take measures to protect their privacy and security, including fundamentals like using a VPN to secure their connection, using two-factor authentication for important online accounts, and checking privacy settings on social media, Li told Security Baron. 

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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