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Privacy policies: safe or dangerous?

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Ally Jones, Staff Writer

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Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in social media usage. In 2005, less than ten percent of Americans used social media, a figure that has since increased to 80 percent. With technology evolving, it is easier than ever for anyone to access the internet and social media, therefore it is more likely for privacy issues to occur and personal information being leaked.

A near 90 percent of Americans agreed that they have lost control over the collection and distribution of their personal information. Likewise, 80 percent of social media users mentioned that they were concerned with advertisers and businesses accessing the data they share. (pewresearch.org)

The use of the term “Privacy policy” is now being implemented as a serious matter. Social media users are becoming more afraid of personal information shifting into the wrong hands and have grown blind to reading the “terms of agreement” page. Is anything safe? Is your information going somewhere you haven’t even heard? The safety of your information is in jeopardy. Internet and Privacy Policies are risky and have a reputation of leaking information.

The debate is over whether information is put in the right hands. Even if it may say that your information is protected, it may not be. Another case that was found, released that a company used by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was able to secretly collect data on 50 million people through a seemingly painless quiz app. It later had CEO Mark Zuckerberg to issue a public apology and to also issue new changes.

A pattern of privacy issues occurring provides an important perspective on just how many times a company has faced serious criticism. Privacy Policies fulfill a legal requirement to protect a customer or client’s privacy, but are they really protected?

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