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NEWSFEED: Privacy Edition April 12, 2019

PRIVACY IS EVERYTHING. HERE'S THE GUIDE

In the News This Week:

"Alexa, listen to everything I say, even when I'm not talking to you, record it and then send it to Seattle for people to listen to and analyze."

Big surprise.... THAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING!

This is completely unbelievable. According to Buzzfeed, a team at Amazon is charged with downloading and analyzing Echo (Alexa) recordings from houses like yours. The team hears sexual assaults, singing in the shower and no double lots of arguments. They share the funny stuff on an internal bulletin board. Just like Toy Talk said years ago when they were "creating Artificial Intelligence for Hello Barbie said, Amazon says it's to improve recognition, but isn't that a steep price for you to be able to turn off the lights without lifting a finger? Amazon says it's perfectly fine and carefully controlled. Do you buy it? Read Buzzfeed story 
DOES YOUR BOSS REALLY NEED TO KNOW WHEN YOU'RE OVULATING?
A pregnancy app for expecting and new Moms allows her to log just about everything you can imagine, from cramps to sex drive, including the stats on her newborn. But are employers using that information to make decisions about her--about you?
The app is called Ovia and employers incentivize women to use it--$1.00 a day. Ostensibly it's a great service for the Moms and a way to for the company to offer to advice and support. But some experts think it's actually a way for them to be able to isolate employees who are having a high-risk pregnancy. Would you play along? Washington Post full story

Is Your Employer Reading Your Email?  Even the Drafts? See HOW 

Times like these make you want to take a quick look at your Facebook Privacy settings, don't they?
You might think that it doesn't really matter who knows what you post on Facebook, with all the much worse stuff out there. However, in terms of your Privacy, Facebook is kind of the gateway drug--a lot of things that the internet knows about you have their beginnings on Facebook. We've got the best guide to setting Facebook settings for maximum privacy. It takes just a couple of minutes to get your privacy back.
EACH WEEK OUR NEWSLETTER COMES WITH A COOL, UNEXPECTED PRIVACY TIP THAT YOU'LL LOVE KNOWING ABOUT:

use a unique email for social login

Your email is the one of the most valuable items in your online identity because it contains so much  information about YOU. Accounts, passwords and info about basically everything else you use online--think shopping and web interactions.  Yes?

When setting up social profiles, we recommend using a separate email address than you use for your personal email. This offers a bit more protection and provides more peace of mind. 

All this news about privacy has absolutely zero effect on the number of people using social media. Surprised?
When we talk to people about the need to protect their family's privacy online, one of the most frequent answers we hear goes something like, "No one cares about what I say or do online." That's kind of like saying I don't say anything worth listening to. But even with all the negative publicity out there, it appears that social media use has been flat since 2016. Only Instagram has changed and its growing. ADWEEK has the story.
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