Privacy From 3rd Party Resale
by Tracy E. Hill
Let’s provide some perspective. People often ask why Silver Sage Magazine doesn’t ask for your email or send you countless emails encouraging you to read our magazine. Well, the easy answer is we want to respect your privacy and the long answer is, we’re here to provide a service, education and community; not to make riches off of your personal information. Plus, as the publisher, I hate those constant annoying emails from other sites. Therefore, I wouldn’t bombard my readers with annoying emails!
Recently, I was talking to the owner of Visiting Angels who came to meet with me and my mom regarding some security breaches. She described having a conversation in her office with an employee about ironing. Later that night she received an email from someone far, far away regarding the opportunity to open an ironing type franchise business. I explained that her iPhone was listening in on her. She was appalled. Personally, I find it incredulous that every time a new iPhone model hits the market, my old one starts to have some annoying problems. But I digress…
Many apps don’t disclose their privacy policies or worse, don’t follow those they have in place. How many of you have read through the privacy policies when signing up for a new app? Exactly. Most of us don’t. So how do you know which apps will protect your privacy from third party buyers and sellers? Unfortunately, there is no good answer. However, there are some apps that are better than others and rules that may help with your privacy and mitigate the chances of your information being sold.
So, whether the app is related to health and wellbeing, tracking any of your personal, physical or financial information or even apps directly offered through your doctor’s office, recent purchases, etc. – it’s best to be wary. Unless of course, you have nothing to hide. But then again, I don’t think any of us want others to have access to our personal information regardless of how insignificant (or significant) it may be.
Artwork “Privacy” by Agevla77 (Finland)