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You knew that every time you went online and wrote away, companies took each of your entries to study, share, and share with others.
But did you really realize the extent of it?
A new California law, which will take effect in January, has created an avalanche of privacy law updates this week, without bothering your inbox. Changes affect almost everyone, as all companies operate in California.
Here’s how Jessica Guynn described the law in this week’s preview. California’s consumer privacy law “will give consumers the right to view the personal information companies collect about them and to prevent them from selling it.”
The only downside, as you can tell from reading the privacy updates that came out, is this: the process of contacting companies and requesting them to stop will not be easy. And it won’t magically stop businesses from taking your information and taking advantage of it.
Have you reviewed your privacy updates?
I guess you didn’t. Most people don’t. So I did.
Bottom line: Condé Nast (like everyone else) saves any typing generated on sites like TheNew Yorker, Vanity Fair and Wired and enables me to opt out by sending an email to the complaints section.
What Condé Nast (and most other sites) do: your name, your mailing address, your postal code, your email address, your phone number, your unique internet ID, your computer’s IP address, and more .
In addition, add gender, marital status, nationality and country of origin, shopping history, site activity, geographic data, occupation, employment history, and academic records. Conde Nast says it does not receive biometric or financial account information, government IDs such as Social Security and driving license numbers, but “we can do so when this personal information is needed to provide you with certain services”.
Thanks Condé Nast!
The magazine publisher says it gains a lot of information from us when we enter competitions, respond to surveys or register an account. It acknowledges that it rents, sells, and shares our information to list buyers, customers, and “data partners”, which are aggregated databases of publishers.
If you do not want Condé Nast to share your information, you should send an email requesting it free of charge to [email protected]
It really responds to consumers. On the Hulu TV channel, which manages TV ads for you in exchange for one of the lowest monthly streaming fees ($ 5.99), you’re going to do some great work and the end result probably won’t be what you wanted it to be.
Hulu says it shares collection information with business partners, advertisers, payment processing companies, analytics and management companies.
What you see on the service is shared “even if you haven’t consented” to Hulu, and you can opt out of your settings.
But there is a big “but” coming.
As a California resident, you now have the right to request the data collected by Hulu, but you will need to send a snail mail to Hulu’s physical address in Santa Monica. You also have the right to request deletion of the data, but it is a Catch-22. Do so, says Hulu, and this will require “the cancellation and deletion of your account which, upon completion, cannot be revoked”.
So that’s why. But at least you now have a physical address to send your documents to.
Now, if we could just stop sending our personal information to data brokers in the first place (ie my recent piece on human search engines), we might have a happy new year.
Finally, the major tech companies, Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook, already have (hidden) sections of their websites (and applications) that allow you to discover, search, and search for information you hold delete it.
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