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Privacy : Ways to Protect Your Privacy

Questions to use when evaluating Privacy Policies

Privacy Policies

If you have a question about your privacy on any site, the privacy policy is best place to start.  

If you do choose to read a privacy policy, look for answers to these questions:

  1. What information is being collected? Is the information personally identifiable?
  2. Why is it necessary to collect this information? Is the data collection appropriate to the activity or transaction? If not, why does the site need it?
  3. How is the data being collected? Does the site set cookies?
  4. How is personal information used once it is collected?
  5. Is it ever used for purposes other than those for which a visitor has provided it? Can a visitor prohibit these other uses?
  6. Can users access information that has been collected about them?
  7. Are users able to correct inaccurate data?
  8. How long is personal information stored? Is it kept any longer than necessary for the task at hand?
  9. What is the complaint and redress process? Whom can users contact?
  10. What country's laws govern the site?

When reviewing the policy, be careful to distinguish information about data collection and privacy from language included to market to you or to encourage you to reveal information.

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Privacy Awareness Week

Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) is an initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities forum (APPA) held every year to promote awareness of privacy issues and the importance of the protection of personal information. Activities are held across the Asia Pacific region by APPA members.

Videos on Privacy

1. 5 apps, hacks and tech to protect your privacy online. (2014, March 28). Retrieved August 11, 2014.

2. Santoro, G. (2013, December 1). Protecting your privacy online. Retrieved August 11, 2014, from


Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Privacy

  1. Figure out what privacy means to you and your definition of privacy.
  2. Take a privacy quiz to figure out what you know about privacy.
  3. Educate yourself - learn how to secure your data - It's Yours!
  4. Conduct a Google search to look for identify theft.
  5. Read the Terms of Use/Agreement.
  6. Read the Privacy Policy and figure out who you need to contact if you have any questions.
  7. Learn terminology/terms for Internet scams and viruses.
  8. Think 3 times about what information you are putting out there and that anyone could have access to it.
  9. Conduct a credit report yearly.
  10. Trust no one.