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May 16th, 2022

It’s not as if we lost our privacy all at once. We’ve given away little bits of it here and there, exchanging personal information for the conveniences and genuine solutions our increasingly tech-ified world provides. But your privacy matters. Your personal data is yours. It’s worth protecting. Here are 10 baby steps you can take to protect your privacy. Turn off Location Services. Not too deep in your phone’s privacy settings you’ll find “Location…... Continue reading >

April 26th, 2022

You know those dozens of old apps on your phone that you never use? They’re doing more than just sitting there. They’re collecting data about you and gumming up the works in the process. Unused apps are a privacy leak and a security risk. It’s time to do a little spring cleaning and delete them. Here’s how. iOS 1. Go to Settings/General/iPhone Storage. 2. Scroll down to…... Continue reading >

March 22nd, 2022

Children are spending a lot of time in front of a digital screen these days. On average: seven hours a day among kids age 8 to 18—and that’s before schools closed and we were all ordered home. Screen time recommendations vary among health advocates, but no one suggests staring at a screen for nearly a full workday is good for anyone, let alone 9-year-olds. For the CDC’s take, click here. What do…... Continue reading >

March 17th, 2022

Let’s shed some light on the Dark Web. What is it? Where is it? Do I need to worry about it? The Dark Web is a shadowy version of the Internet we all know and use, home to a range of good guys and bad guys, according to the National Institute of Justice. The Internet’s secret side. People use sites on the Dark Web for a range of reasons, but its built-in anonymity…... Continue reading >

March 2nd, 2022

We’re going to lose it with the EARN IT Act. Let us explain. The Senate is currently considering the Eliminating Abuse and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT), a bill presented as essential to the protection of children from online sexual predators and abuse. Needless to say, we can all agree that children deserve that kind of protection. The thing is, existing federal, state and local laws already provide that protection. Still, what’s…... Continue reading >

February 24th, 2022

A little relief from cross-app tracking? Maybe. It’s not all tech-doom and gloom here on Privacy Parent. As noted by PC Magazine, Google has just announced it will no longer allow cross-app tracking on Android phones, which make up 71 percent of smartphones. In the ongoing effort to keep at least some of your personal digital information to yourself and out of advertisers’ hands, that’s good news. Google is hardly faultless, but this…... Continue reading >

January 26th, 2022

Blockchain has become a household name and a pop-culture staple. And yet, for many, it’s still a mystery. In its simplest form, blockchain is a digital ledger. It keeps track of transactions and creates a permanent record of digital activity, leaving no dispute as to who owns something or to whom ownership has been transferred in the past. But blockchain isn’t the item, but it is an essential part of the package because it…... Continue reading >

January 17th, 2022

It’s your phone and it’s your information. Increasingly, hanging onto your privacy is your call. The most recent updates to iPhone and Android operating systems allow you greater control over what data the apps on your phone can collect. Here’s how to dial up your privacy settings. A little background Just about all apps gather information about you. Some gather a lot, some just a bit. Even seemingly innocuous apps can…... Continue reading >

January 11th, 2022

The Council of the European Union, the European Commission, and the European Parliament adopted the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) to protect people’s personal data and privacy when visiting a website. Through the GDPR, websites are now required to disclose to users when cookies are employed to track their digital footprint and allow users to opt out. Most users find it cumbersome to complete the process and disregard the option. There is also regulation that…... Continue reading >

November 11th, 2021

Never forget a face, sure, but what about hundreds of millions of faces? Meta, the newly rechristened parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, recently announced plans to deactivate its facial recognition software. That’s good news for anyone with an interest in preserving their privacy, but Meta was hardly the only tech giant turning our faces into data points to be stored, bought and sold. The Great Digital Experiment continues to unfold. ... Continue reading >