My Results: State of Online Privacy
Think About Consequences
Before you provide personal information to get an app or online service, ask yourself: How might this app or service benefit from having this information? Could those benefits be detrimental to me?
Learn About Online Privacy
Periodically search for yourself using a search engine to see what information others can see about you. Try using multiple search engines, as well as including an image search. Make sure to perform the search using a private browsing window as search engines customize results if you’re signed in, and/or based on what results you’ve clicked in the past.
Adjust Your Privacy Settings
Keep up with changes to privacy settings and policies.
- Pay attention to updates from services, websites, and app providers about privacy settings and policies. As a backup, you can check out this update site:
- Service That Tracks Changes to Privacy Policies for Major Sites: TOSBack: The Terms-of-Service Tracker
- Update software/apps, as new privacy settings may become available.
- Regularly review and update your privacy settings in case the options have changed. Use these guides to help you check the settings most important to you:
- Directory of Resources for Managing Your Settings: Privacy Settings How-To's
Resources to Learn More About the Topic
Privacy Laws and Regulations
- Summary of the Current State of U.S. Online Privacy Laws: Internet Law - Privacy (from USLegal)
- Analysis of What the United States Constitution Says or Implies About Privacy: The Right of Privacy
- For Parents - Protecting Children’s Privacy Online – A Guide for Parents, Carers and Educators
Consumer Privacy Policies and the Value of Information
- An Engaging Feature-Length Film, and an Accompanying Resource Website: Terms and Conditions May Apply
- Quick Explanation of What's in Privacy Policies: Privacy Policies: What You Should Know
- Explanations, Advice, and Resources About (the Lack of) Online Privacy Protections: Only You Have an Interest in Maintaining Your Privacy