Let’s grab lunch (digitally) next Friday

What are your plans for 12pm Central next Friday (March 1st)?

Because I was hoping we could meet up virtually for a chat about an issue affecting you and your digital identity. Now, I realize that depending on where you’re living/visiting right now, 12pm Central might not be lunchtime for you, but I hope you’ll pour yourself your favorite beverage, maybe grab a snack, and join me anyway.

The issue is that the Internet’s undeletable memory is taking away our Right To Be Forgotten.

On Friday, Ryan and I will be discussing:

  • What are the long-term consequences of letting profit-minded companies access and dictate the most personal parts of our lives?
  • Will a future iteration of the Constitution hold the Right To Be Forgotten – a right that citizens can exercise to disconnect their profile from certain apps and have their data be permanently erased from the Internet?

I hope you can carve out a little time in your day to join us for this discussion.

I realize that caring about your own digital identity may not be the coolest or easiest thing to do right now. However, five to ten years from now, I promise that you’re going to wish you were more careful about how you navigated the Internet and were more selective in the ways you willingly gave companies access to your data.

Still don’t believe your digital data is a big topic? Here are 5 recent stories on how precious your digital data actually is:

Many iOS apps are sharing sensitive data with Facebook

At least 11 popular apps are reportedly sharing people’s sensitive data with Facebook, even if they don’t have an account on the social network. The Wall Street Journal found that apps which can help track personal information such as body weight, menstrual cycles and pregnancy are sending such details to Facebook.

Read the full article here

Why the FBI is happy you took a DNA ancestry test

DNA and genealogy tests have become an absolute cultural phenomenon in the past few years. They’ve provided the news with shocking celebrity heritages. They’ve given average people the thrill of finding out they’re part Neanderthal or a slim percentage of Cherokee Indian. But the tens of millions that took these DNA tests, may have voluntarily placed their family’s DNA in a database to track down criminals.

Read the full story on DNA data and criminal forensics investigations here

Stolen user data from MyFitnessPal hits the dark web

Affected services include Dubsmash, MyFitnessPal, MyHeritage, ShareThis, HauteLook, Animoto, EyeEm, 8fit, Whitepages, Fotolog, 500px, Armor Games, BookMate, Coffee Meets Bagel, Artsy and DataCamp.

Make sure you’re data is safe here

85% of Chrome apps and extensions lack a privacy policy

There’s a good chance you use or have used Chrome, so there’s good reason for you to be disturbed by new data from Duo Security that shows just how vulnerable the 180,000-plus Chrome apps and extensions are. For starters, 85 percent of them don’t have a privacy policy, meaning developers can essentially handle your data however they want.

Read the rest of the story here

Domino’s will give you free pizza in exchange for you data

Earlier this month, Domino’s unveiled the latest in a long line of technological PR stunts: Points for Pies. The PR stunt is nothing less than a scheme to gather more consumer data in a flashy way that most people won’t ever realize.

Read the entire story on Domino’s here

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