September 6th, 2022

Keep this in mind: They can track your texts, too. Texting may feel private—just a little typed out conversation between you and a friend for your and their eyes only. Would that it were so. Your text chains contain mountains of information about you and your habits and preferences. It’s valuable, which means someone out there wants it. At times, they get it. Ever visit a website to browse some products only to then…... Continue reading >

August 26th, 2022

TikTok, it was recently revealed, can track your keystrokes. Sounds sketchy, right? It is. If you or your kids use TikTok, here’s what you need to know. First, a reminder of a universal rule: Free isn’t free. Apps that don’t cost money to download may appear free, but they’re not. There is plenty of value to harvest from data generated by your use of the app. Some of that data is innocuous, some…... Continue reading >

July 26th, 2022

Is the end of the social networking era on the horizon? Is it here already? A piece by Scott Rosenberg on Axios makes the case that the social networking model—after more than a decade at the top of our digital experience—is kaput. Following Tik Tok’s lead, Facebook now plans to “shape your online life around the algorithmically sorted preferences of millions of strangers around the globe.” ... Continue reading >

July 22nd, 2022

Facial recognition technology is everywhere. Well, almost. And it’s becoming increasingly common. Officials in New Orleans just authorized its police force to employ it. And in London, police used the technology to scan more than 36,000 faces in just one busy weekend. Face it: This is the new face of surveillance. ... Continue reading >

July 20th, 2022

To understand the Dark Web, understand this: The Internet can be a weird place. So weird, that it’s got a bizarro version where none of the normal rules apply. You can think of it as a parallel universe or an alternate dimension, but it has a name: The Dark Web. Here’s what you should know about it. The Dark Web is a shadow version of the Internet, where there are good actors and bad…... Continue reading >

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 >

May 4th, 2022

Seeing is no longer believing. Welcome to the world of deepfakes. Video-editing software has advanced to the point that it’s no longer just the movie studios who can make the impossible seem real (think Luke Skywalker’s recent Mandalorian cameos). Made with equipment available to the general public, deepfakes can appear to the casual observer to be an actual recording of a real person and event. In truth, it’s a manipulated—or, in…... 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 >