Hello my legal scholars! So what’s
in order to continue using the apps you love? Let’s explore. I do in fact have to give you a brief
background because that’s what we lawyers do and then I’ll give you some
tips to control who could get down and dirty with your data. First,
the Cambridge analytical scandal definitely played a role. The political
consulting firm obtained private information from up to 87 million
Facebook users – including maybe you! To allegedly have an advantage in the U.S.
2016 Trump presidential campaign. Questions then naturally arose if that
data was also used in the purported Russian interference with the election.
In response, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before members of the US
Congress to clear up confusion on data privacy, security and consumer protection
I say this gently; Your User Agreement sucks. [Laughter] Businesses that hold your sweet secrets
are now required to provide transparent information on how they use the Info
and also give you an option to explicitly opt out. Until recently these
agreements were not written in a way that the average person could understand. “And tell your $1200 an hour lawyers, tell them you want it written in English and non Swahili so the average American can understand”. Companies can no longer automatically opt you into monstrous legal documents
that implicitly say, “I promise I read and understand all this legal crap and I
can’t wait for you to start profiting off my personal data just so I could use
this damn app already”. If you get these legal notices take a moment to
investigate. If you’ve already opted out don’t worry
simply go to settings or options button on the social media app that you’re
using and the privacy policies will be there. They are simpler to the
naked eye since they are written with less legalese but there are still layers
of information to dig through as it branches out into a slew of sub parts
and sub links and sub parts. What are some takeaways to know about the updated
policies? They basically still have access to all your same info as they did before
they just change the wording to make it easier for you to read. There’s a new
feature that allows you to receive a copy of all your data stored on their
sites and it’s pretty cool I tried it for myself.
Viewing this also helps you be aware and control what type of information they
have access to, try it out and you’ll learn a lot about yourself I promise.
Every website with a social media like button or a plugin has the ability to
track your online activity even if you don’t have a social media account. Here’s
a few things you could do change your privacy settings, there’s many available
that you might not know about them. You could simply manage them by tapping on
the drop-down arrow on the top right of Facebook choosing “settings” then
selecting “privacy”. On Instagram go to the options button a big one,
stay away from quizzes this is really big since they are created for a
specific ad-related purpose though it may not be apparent. Only authorize a
minimal amount of third-party apps such as YouTube or other known trusted sites.
Finally, delete cookies often. Fortunately Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are
owned by the same company so their privacy policies are very similar.
Twitter you could find a link on the bottom of this YouTube video with their
policies. And That my precious Scholars is only a small briefing of this
expansive legal topic. The YouTube version of this video is loaded with
useful links at the bottom of the video in order to elaborate so we use them to
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this has been informative! Goodbye for now my Legal scholars!