When’s the last time you read the terms and conditions before clicking “accept” as you downloaded the hottest new app to your smartphone? Do you really know what companies are doing with your data from your search history, the pictures on your phone, or even your personal health records?
How our data, personal details and digital patterns, is being used by the scores of apps, programs, and devices we interact with on a daily basis remains a mystery. When we click “Accept” on the terms and conditions page, usually in a hurry, we are blindly “choosing” to opt in to whatever data collection and privacy infringements the developer has built into the technology. What’s more, most companies use vague statements on their websites regarding what they are doing with your data and even threaten to impact your service if you decide not to share your data.
For example, this snippet comes directly from Nest’s FAQ’s:
How important is that app or device? Is it worth signing over your digital rights?
Join the SolvetheUnsolvable team this month to explore how private your data really is…
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