Protecting Your Privacy

You have many things that you wanted to protect them. Privacy is one of them and it is important. In case of privacy, you should note that privacy doesn’t mean close your doors and don’t share anything. Privacy means you should share some information in protective way. When it comes to information sharing there are things that you should consider:

1) What information should I share?

2) Who should I share this information with?

3) Does the party that I share my information with, respect my privacy?

4) Is it necessary to share that information?

5) Is there any third party sharing?

6) If they went against my privacy is there any way to take action?

7) Is there any guarantee that my privacy is protected?

For example, when you want to register in a website, the website might ask about your personal detail. This includes your first name, family name, date of birth and other details. Sharing this information could benefit you. For example, it will use your first name and last name to call your name when you use the service in website. For example, when you login, it will show welcome and then your name near that. It could use your name to filter some contents and let say show you some services that are suitable for your age. All these information been programmed and use automatically and there is no person or individual that could access those data without your permission (if website respect your privacy). However, if there is no privacy rule in websites, they could abuse your information. For example, they might use your personal information to register somewhere else on behalf of you or if you provide your email, they could use it to sell you email to spammer. In order to protect your privacy, these are some best practices that you should follow:

1) Look for legal law in your country regarding to privacy. See if someone or organization didn’t respect your privacy what action you could take.

2) Look for agreements and privacy guarantees, there are organizations that check website over privacy policy and if they respect privacy for user, then they would certify. One example is TRUSTe . If a website certified with TRUSTe and it also listed in TRUSTe’s official website, then the website would respect your privacy. Note that some websites would put fake logo of TRUSTe in their website; you should check and make sure that website is listed in TRUSTe’s official website too.

3) The website or organization comes with a good privacy reputation. It could be that it been operate for many years and many users been using it and without any privacy problem.

4) Don’t whatever they say and check yourself. If you contact any website or organization and ask about your privacy, they all say that we respect your privacy. But if you check the reality, you might see otherwise. You have to check the fact that they respect your privacy or not.

5) They are information that you should NEVER share. Those include your password and other things that must keep secrete. There is information that you share regularly, such as your email address. In case that information would share regularly, you should be careful about where and who you share them with and if those people have those information (such as your email), what they could do with it.



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