Excellent question! Significant advances have been made to ensure people's information is stored safely and with the appropriate intentions. For example, in 2018, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was passed in Europe because "<span style="color: rgb(8, 14, 20);">"The digital future of Europe can only be built on trust. With solid common standards for data protection, people can be sure they are in control of their personal information," said Andrus Ansip, vice-president for the Digital Single Market" (</span>https://www.zdnet.com/article/gdpr-an-executive-guide-to-what-you-need-to-know/). Companies such as Facebook and Google have been under intense pressure to protect our data and information as well. As a result, these organizations are implementing new rules and regulations, asking consumers permission before proceeding, and encouraging people to agree to "cookies" before viewing websites. (https://eugdprcompliant.com/cookies-consent-gdpr/). Rest assured, the more that technology advances, the more that companies will step up to protect our data.
Oluseyi recommends the following next steps:
- I recommend that each time you visit a new website, to look at the consent pop-up before proceeding.
- If a website needs to connect to your facebook, check to see what information it needs to get from your account.