A recent study from the Pew Research Center shows that 91% of Americans feel they’ve lost control of their personal information online (Raine, 2016). With so much of our lives online now days, everything from school to banking to social media, it is easy to see why so many feel this way. However, as last week’s explanation of the Fair Information Practices (FIP) shows, all Americans still have a significant amount of control over information that is collected about them online, if they choose to exercise their rights. Even tech giants such as Google and Facebook comply with the FIP regulations as well as other industry best practices, such as data protection or privacy policies, and international law, such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or Canada’s Anti-Spam legislation (CASL). Protecting your data online can be as simple as adjusting the privacy setting on your accounts to specify what information, if any, you feel comfortable being collected.
Rainie, L. (2016, September 21). The state of privacy in post-Snowden America. Retrieved November 10, 2017, from http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/09/21/the-state-of-privacy-in-america/