We gave a ShopTalk here at SDM on June 14, 2018 titled “What does the Internet Know about You”. It seemed useful enough to add a summary here.
The main thing to note, is that every single thing you do on the internet is tracked by someone and usually by multiple companies. But even though that is happening, it isn’t all bad or scary. Each person needs to think about what they want to do, and how private they want to be, and why, and then make choices to support that.
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) – EU regulations that apply to any company with a website that is accessible in the EU. Companies must provide a clear explanation of
- How data is collected
- What they are doing with your data
- Clear general language
- Notify promptly if data breach
- Right to be forgotten
- How data is protected
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/help/1701730696756992?helpref=hc_global_nav
Settings > Your Facebook Information > Download Your Information
- Twitter – in your profile > your picture > Settings and Privacy > Your Twitter data
- Amazon – Account & Lists (no single download, have to look at each item)
- Google – https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout?pli=1
Settings > Personal info & privacy > Control your content
- Apple – https://www.apple.com/privacy/approach-to-privacy/
Scroll down to the section titled “Access to Personal Information.” It’s worth reading and explains that Apple will provide you with a copy of the information it holds if you request it. Click the “Privacy Contact Form” link. Choose your language. Select “I have a question about privacy issues” from the drop-down box. Fill in your first and last name, email, subject and comments. Say that you are requesting a copy of your personal information in the comments field. Click submit. They will email a response.
- Run a Google Search using your name (variations with and without locations) – look through several pages
- Pages visited
- How long/How often
- Phone info like calls and messages
- Search history
- Map usage
This shows the categories of information that Google collects.