By now, we all know that just about every app or website we use is collecting data on us and doing something with it. Some websites might simply collect your email address and gender. Others know who your friends are, what your politics are, your “Royal Wedding Name” and what Gilligan’s Island character you most resemble. Still others know your every move during the day (hello, Google). The site My Data Request provides a way for you to determine exactly what data most popular sites have collected on you. The folks at this site have read through the privacy policies of over 100 different companies and offer a quick and easy way for you to figure out what data is being collected about you and where and how you can download it if you want to see what you’ve given away. A few of the companies included on the site are Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Uber, TripAdvisor, Wells Fargo, YouTube, Venmo, Waze, Evernote, and Spotify, just for starters.
Check out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.