We have discussed privacy here on the screed several times. During many of those rants I talked about how companies need to think about their privacy policies (and being transparent about it is a great start) and how those policies will play with the folks whose data the companies are using. My theory is that young people have never really had any privacy (mostly due to hovering parents) and they’re less concerned about the issue than are people of my generation. However, there are netizens of every age who do care, and I suspect that as the “creepy” factor of ads following you around grows due to retargeting, etc., more people will begin to look into what data they’re sharing with the web overlords and how that data is used.
If you care or if you wonder if you should, the folks at Privacy Choice will be of interest to you. Their research reveals that 20% of sites and apps reserve the right to share personal data freely for commercial purposes. Also, 60% of website privacy policies do not provide any written assurance that users can delete their personal data at the end of the relationship:
If you are interested, I urge you to install their Privacyfix tool and the browser extension. You can check a site’s tracking using this tool. The results can be eye-opening. It’s becoming obvious that companies are counting on us to take control if that’s what we want. What do you think?