Author: MNI Media Staff | Date: 22 March 2019
Is your information secure online? What steps have you put in place to ensure that your personal information that you share on social media and other online mediums is protected?
MNI Media received information today from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) that has given some guidelines as to how persons can set and adjust their privacy settings.
The new tips as shared with MNI, for using privacy settings, offer advice related to privacy settings when using social media sites or other online services, mobile devices and mobile apps, home digital assistants, wearables and online games.
Of course, we know that the best way to control personal information online is not to hand it over in the first place.
MNI Media however recognises that may not always be practical or possible. However, one way to try to protect privacy is to use settings.
Helpful tips as have been shared with MNI for our readers include:
Learn what personal information is collected and the privacy controls available before you sign up for a service or download an app. If you're not comfortable, don't sign up for it;
Explore and adjust privacy settings (default settings can often leave you exposed);
Look for options to turn off location-based settings or limit tracking to when you're using the service;
Coordinate your settings so they stay the same even if you're using a different device;
Look for options that allow you to set your history to delete on a regular basis; and
Don't think of your settings as something you do once and forget about. Many sites regularly modify their settings options, so review them frequently. There's also value in going back to evaluate your settings to make sure you're still comfortable with your previous decisions.
Privacy settings are not a silver bullet for privacy protection, but they can and should help people increase the control they have over how their personal information is handled online, and help them indicate whether they consent to the collection, use and disclosure of their information.
Because settings are a way that people can decide what to share – and not share – both individuals and companies need to be very clear and transparent about what controls people may or may not be able to exercise through settings.
Find more information and advice about the privacy issues and risks associated with social media, online services and apps and devices here.