Howdy partner! The Private Citizen is a weekly data privacy podcast by veteran tech journalist Fabian A. Scherschel. On the show, I analyse news stories about the surveillance economy, data breaches and tracking technologies, all from the viewpoint of the pragmatic consumer.

This podcast will always be free of charge and free of advertisements. It is listener supported via Patreon under the value-for-value model. I see this as the only way to stay independent and produce ethically sound journalistic work.


I release a new episode every Wednesday plus occasionally special episodes on top of that. You can subscribe to the show by searching for it its name within your favourite podcast app or using one of the following services:

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Episode 23: The German Contact Tracing App Examined

Taking a close look at the source code of Germany’s contact tracing app, which was recently published by SAP and associated developers.

Episode 22: Stand Together, Not Divided

A plea to forgo thinking in categories such as ethnicity or skin colour. We can only reach a just civil society by understanding that we are all in this together. There is no privacy without humanity.

Episode 21: The SAP Contact Tracing App & Other Madness

SAP has released the first bits of source code for the German coronavirus tracing app. In the meantime, the public is being distracted to get mad at anything but the actual causes of their problems.

Episode 20: The Happy Plumbers Who Know Everything About You

Almost a quarter of US consumers have given a company access to their bank account that they probably have never heard of. This shadowy company, which is collecting all of this data on financial transactions is called Plaid and they are coming for your bank account next.

Episode 19: Fighting the New Normal

Another update on the use of coronavirus tracing apps all around the world and on crazy things happening on the ground in the containment zones of Europe.

Episode 18: Xiaomi Brazenly Collects User Data on Their Phones

The fourth biggest smartphone maker in the world, Xiaomi from China, makes very cheap phones with decent features. But it looks like they are selling out your privacy to recoup some of the money you’re saving when you buy their phones.

Episode 17: Surfing the Second Wave

An update on tracing apps as well as lockdown reports from Germany and the rest of the world. I also present a case for why the lockdowns might not be working and we look at Amazon emerging as the big winner from this catastrophe.

Episode 16: Dealing with Hyperobjects

Do these coronavirus contact tracing apps actually do what they are supposed to do? A philosophical discussion with technology writer and thinker J├╝rgen Geuter, also known on the web as tante.

Episode 15: How Contact Tracing Works

Everybody agrees: To end this coronavirus-imposed lockdown we need a contact tracing app. But how do these actually work? And are they really the right solution to the problem?

Episode 14: The Intelligence Coup of the Century

Let me tell you a story about how the CIA and BND for decades completely backdoored the crypto machines used by many of the world’s governments for top secret messages. And not only that, they also made good money doing it!