This post gives you an insight why you shouldn’t skip scanning through Privacy Policies and what you should look for. This list sums up the most important topics to check:
– What kind of data does your service provider collect and how do they use it?
– Who owns the data you upload to your account?
– Who has access to the uploaded content?
– Can you control who can access your content?
Minimizing online footprint
“The investigation shows that Google does not properly inform users which personal data the company collects and combines, and for what purposes,” it said. By doing this, Google “spins an invisible web of our personal data, without our consent,” reported the PCWorld.
It is not about turning all Google related services off. But getting a clearer image of the extent of data collection and how the company uses it allows you to find workarounds.
Data ownership – rights and control
When it comes to storing and sharing data, the issue of data ownership instantly emerges. You may remember when National Geographic and the performer Pink suspended their Instagram account because of its new proposal, that pictures uploaded by users will belong to the company.
Privacy policies should create trust
There are many examples how companies use data to profile their users and we believe that as long as it benefits the user as well it can be justifiable – to a certain extent. At the same time your privacy is not tradeable and privacy policies should respect and support that idea.
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