Online privacy policies

Have you noticed increase in recent privacy policies in your mailbox?  It seems everyday we are getting bombarded with a new online privacy policy.  The reason is called the General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR) law. This European law has already gone into effect. It applies to companies doing business in Europe.  Unfortunately the US does not have a similar law.  At its core, it says that people have certain rights and protections.  These rights and protections include the right to access the data that a company has about them. In addition, you have the right to correct or have that information deleted.  Lastly, companies will have to explain what information they are collecting on you.

Though the US does not have a similar law, there are some basic guidelines you should use and share with your kids.

 

  • Think before you share your information.  Once you release your information, you are at the mercy of the company that you have released that information to.  Moreover if you release your information publically everyone has access to it.

 

  • Read the privacy policy of the company you are submitting your infomration to.  90 percent of Americans do not prior to agreeing to the terms and conditions.  Though a lot of privacy policies are similar, there are a lot that are not.  Some of them may specify the release of your information to contractors, sub-contractors, and advertisers.

 

  • Realize that once your information is out there, you have a digital presence.  That digital presence is very hard to modify or erase.  These online identities can be sold often times without your knowledge or consent.

 

  • Until we have similar laws to the GPDR, pay attention to you and your kid’s online information.
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