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With 90% of Americans using the internet today, technology advancing and becoming integrated into our daily lives more and more- privacy is a major concern

Privacy concerns do not start and end with how and why our government collects our information, it also concerns how individual entities online follow us around the web and log our data

One way you may have noticed data collection is through targeted advertising

A 2019 study by Pew Research Center found that 81% of people felt they had no control over whether companies collected their data online,

and 59% felt they didn't know what companies did with data


Consumer distrust of data collection is warranted- not only do many companies sell info to third parties, but many are vulnerable to cyber attacks stemming from a myriad of issues including holes in security, phishing attacks, and social engineering (to name a few).

Nearly 471 million online records were exposed in 2018.


Major attacks of the past few years include:

2016

Adult FriendFinder Network

  • - 416 million accounts compromised
  • - 20 years of data exposed including names, emails, and passwords

2017

Equifax

  • - 147.9 million accounts compromised
  • - Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses, drivers license numbers exposed

2019

Zynga

  • - 218 million accounts compromised
  • - Owner of Farmville, Draw Something and Words with Friends had email addresses, passwords, phone numbers, and Facebook user IDs exposed

2019

Canva

  • - 137 million accounts compromised
  • - Email addresses, usernames, names, cities, passwords, and partial payment information exposed

What can we do to improve this problem?

Show support for legislation like Bill S.2968, the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act


The bill would require entities that collect data from its users to have a privacy policy, to allow users to see and delete their personal data, to establish good security practices, and prohibit entities from utilizing deception or to transfer data to a third party without user permission

Contact your legislator and urge them to support better privacy practices and accountability