Privacy Party Release Notes

v1.9.0

What’s New 

More automation to streamline your user experience & save time! - when we scan your privacy settings, we now also check your two-factor authentication setup.

Small Updates

We've updated the dashboard and popup for a cleaner, more aesthetic user experience.

v1.8.1

What’s New 

Want to review your settings again? We've made it easier to re-scan your playbooks, and make sure everything is still protected and up to date! There are new buttons on the sidebar, dashboard, and popup to kick off a review of your completed playbooks - and we'll send you a notification when we're done, too!

Small Updates

The dashboard and popup now display your progress account by account, and the checklist nav now shows your current location in the playbook.

v1.7.1

What’s New 

Tired of scrolling through the list of recommendations? There's a new way to get around the extension sidebar! Quickly visualize and jump to every recommendation with the new checklist style navigation bar.

We have also added the ability to delete your platform playbook progress! A handy feature if you've shared your Privacy Party account to run a playbook on someone else's social media profile or if you want to clear your own progress.

Small Updates

Some minor bug fixes and visual polish 🐛

v1.6.0

What’s New 

We've added a new playbook: Privacy Party now has recommendations and automations for Strava - check it out!

We've also improved our Facebook automations, made it easier to retry after errors, and added some fun animations to our UX so you can celebrate taking steps forward for your online safety.

v1.5.2

What’s New 

We've changed how we handle permissions! From now on, we will explicitly ask for your confirmation before running on new platforms. As always, your privacy is of foremost importance to us.

This release also includes accessibility improvements and a new, more streamlined user interface on our sidebar.

v1.4.2

What’s New 

Bug fix release.

Small Updates

  • Small fixes for metrics reporting and error telemetry

v1.4.1

What’s New 

Privacy Party is now available on Firefox! Same great recommendations, new great browser.

Small Updates

  • A bit of copy cleanup
  • A few automation stability improvements
  • The usual minor visual polishes and bug fixes 🐞

v1.3.1

What’s New 

A whole raft of new recommendations for Twitter and Facebook! 

Facebook

We now recommend that you:

  • Turn on login alerts (to identify if someone is surveilling or trying to take over your account);
  • Turn off off-platform activity (if ad personalization and microtargeting makes you uncomfortable); and 
  • Review recognized devices and active sessions (more surveillance and account takeover protections).

X

More new recs!

  • New audio and video calling features are turned on by default; we suggest you turn them off. 
  • You should review your active sessions here, too (yet more surveillance and account takeover protection).


Small Updates

  • Now it’s easier to tell which account you’re logged into on Facebook and Venmo
  • The usual minor visual polishes and bug fixes 🐞

v1.2.1

What's New

Have five spare minutes when you're home for Thanksgiving? Run a privacy playbook on your family's computer. (Right before you introduce the oversharers to Privacy Party, right?)

We now save your progress on playbooks as you go, so you can login, logout, and take your progress with you.

Small Updates

If you click "[email protected]" anywhere in the extension, we prefill an email with some diagnostic info to help our team figure out any issues you might be having. This prefilled message did not always make a ton of sense, depending on where you clicked it. Now it does.

v1.1.1

What’s New

Facebook is migrating everyone very slowly to a new account center, and the new experience affected some of our automations. In this release, we tidied them up! 


Small Updates

  • More fun and fiddly Facebook bug squishing

v1.1.0

What’s New

New Instagram Recommendations 📸 We’ve added three new recommendations to control your notifications. You can now mute emails regarding Instagram Shops, as well as promotional emails if you have a professional account. 

Keyboard Accessibility ⌨️ You can now use keyboard tabs to navigate around the extension. This is the first of many improvements to make Privacy Party more accessible for everyone!

Small Updates

  • The usual minor visual polishes and bug fixes 🐞

v1.0.2

What's New

We're officially in public beta ✨

To celebrate, there's new playbooks for Instagram AND LinkedIn.

Instagram: Explore 8 recommendations to filter unwanted comments, reduce unwanted notifications, stop sharing your activity status with strangers, and more.

LinkedIn: In a lucky coincidence, we have 8 *more* recommendations, covering discoverability, connection requests, and more.

Small Updates

  • The usual minor visual polishes and bug fixes 🐞

v0.9.0

What’s New

Notifications 🔔 The platforms are constantly adding and adjusting settings that affect your experience—but they don't always let you know what has changed, or why it matters. Don't worry: we're here to help. To make sure you know about all the new stuff as it happens, we’ve added notifications to let you know when there’s a new playbook, a new recommendation, and even to remind you to check your settings after a period of time.

Small Updates

  • The ability to reset your account password
  • The usual minor bug fixes and visual polishes ✨

v0.8.1

What’s New
Accounts ⭐ You can now create a Privacy Party account. They don’t do anything quite yet, besides make us happy (and help us get in touch more easily for feedback) but they’ll be very handy, very soon.

Small Updates

  • We’ve improved error handling on Facebook for rate limits
  • We made a few organizational tweaks to our Twitter recommendation cards
  • The usual minor bug fixes and visual polishes ✨

v0.7.0

What’s New 

Sort and filter recs 🔎 Maybe you’ve got 5 minutes and you want a couple quick privacy wins to keep away the Sunday scaries. Maybe you’re settling in for your quarterly social security tune up and you want to focus on what’s most important first. Now, you can sort and filter playbook recommendations based on what’s fast, what’s highest impact, or what’s new, depending on your needs. You deserve control over your online experience, right? 

Recommendation re-runs 🔃 Privacy work is never done. You—and the rest of the internet—keep generating posts and pictures and tags and connections and all the other things that make social media both wonderful and risky. Meanwhile, the platforms keep quietly updating their settings in unintuitive but impactful ways. So now if you want to revisit any specific recommendation, there’s a shiny new “Review Latest Settings” button that makes it easy to review best practices and see if anything’s changed since the last time you checked.

Attack of the hidden Venmo friends list 🧾 For the first release of our Venmo playbook, we focused on quick, automate-able wins. But there’s another setting you should really fix ASAP, even though you have to do it manually: hiding your friends list, and making sure you don’t show up on anybody else’s. Turns out, all your connections are public by default, and you can’t adjust it on desktop—it’s hidden inside a submenu, on only the mobile app. Classy dark pattern, Venmo. Anyway, it’s time to fix it, and now there’s step-by-step instructions so you can.

Small Updates

  • Every release our automations get just a little bit faster, and this one’s no exception ⚡️
  • The usual minor bug fixes and visual polishes ✨

v0.6.2

What’s New

Error handling 🛑 Is this settings check just taking a while, or is something broken? A question we heard a few too many times 😅. Sometimes we used to leave you hanging if something unexpectedly went wrong. Now we’ll detect issues proactively and let you know what’s going on. 

Bug reporting 🐞 Relatedly, we’re making it easier for you to tell us about those unpolished edges and extension hiccups you encounter. When you open the extension, you’ll find a few new buttons that let you quickly send us a note when you encounter an issue. Keep that feedback coming!

Other Updates

  • We snuck in a few more optimizations to our automation process. Checking and updating your privacy settings should feel a little snappier! 
  • The usual minor bug fixes and visual polishes ✨

v0.5.1

What’s New

Tagged photos: great for alerting you that you’re in a picture; less great if you don’t want others who see that picture to easily find your profile. And for some of us, a very unfortunate source of pernicious harassment. (After all — you can tag a person in any picture—and that can get alarming fast in the hands of a troll.) [

If you’ve got a bit of a backlog of tagged photos to review, we’ve got something special for you: a shiny new automation to speed up the tedious process of untagging. With speedy batch review and automated tag removal, what could’ve taken all afternoon will now require mere minutes. If you get distracted wandering down memory lane, though, that’s on you.

Other Updates

  • We’ve made some optimizations to our automation process which will make updating your privacy settings a few seconds faster! 
  • It’s not just you—that ‘a’ does look different. All the other letters do, too. There’s a new typeface in town (and it’s called Red Hat Text).
  • The usual minor bug fixes and visual polishes. ✨

v0.4.0

What’s New

Did you know that all your cover and profile pictures on Facebook are public by default? And that to make them private, you have to change the settings for every single one manually? Not to name names, but for some of us who got on Facebook in the early 2000s, locking that down manually would take…let’s call it a few hours, at least. 

We didn’t love that, so we automated it. 

Here’s what you can do now:

  • Change all profile photos that aren’t in use to ‘Friends Only’
  • Change all cover photos that aren’t in use to ‘Friends Only’ 
  • Change all photo albums  to ‘friends only’

Stay safe out there ✨

Other Updates

  • New progress icon above your recommendations
  • Other visual polish, so everything looks just a little bit shinier
  • The usual minor bug fixes

v0.3.3

What’s New

  • 🚨New recommendation alert 🚨Do you really need that guy you bought a bike from in 2012 to see all your transactions on Venmo? It’s time to disable automatic friending. 
  • Now you can peek behind the scenes to see your automations in action. Flip the switch in the top right corner of the screen while we’re checking or updating your settings to watch as we work on your behalf.
  • Running playbooks is .2% easier. Now when we ask you to log in to a platform, the login link is right there where you need it.
  • We pushed a few pixels into place and now everything’s looking a bit shinier in interface land.

Bug Fixes

  • Even when we really don’t want to collect data, sometimes our metrics provider tries to slip it to us anyway. We discovered that very occasionally we were receiving a bit more info than we asked for, and now we’ve fixed the issue.