Online data sharing is easy nowadays. As matter of fact, it just takes a click to share data online. Once data is shared online, it automatically reaches a wide range of audiences. As convenient as it may seem, it could get quite dangerous. It’s hard to guarantee the privacy of online data.
Advances in digital technology are challenging our concept of privacy. In today’s world, huge volumes of data are being collected, shared and stored in unprecedented ways and at tremendous speeds. Everything we do with our connected devices generates data that can be used or misused without our knowledge. Controlling when and how our personal data is used by others seems impossible, especially since sharing this information is an integral part of our participation in today’s society.
Technology has made online data sharing inevitable. Even if you refuse to share data online, you will still find bits and pieces of your personal information floating on the world wide web. It’s just the way it is these days and there’s no way you can stop online data sharing. The most you can do is to control it. However, that does not guarantee 100% privacy. The truth is, online data sharing is hard to control.
That is the reason why the Privacy Flag has been launched. This is an EU-funded project that aims to protect the privacy of the consumers each time they go online.
To tackle this problem, the EU-funded project PRIVACY FLAG has created helpful tools that promote privacy and personal data protection. These tools are based on an innovative system called the Universal Privacy Risk Area Assessment Methodology (UPRAAM). UPRAAM was developed by the project team to assess whether applications, websites and Internet of things (IoT) technology comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Swiss data protection law. Using the UPRAAM-based tools, citizens can check if their privacy rights are being respected and companies can get the help they need to comply with personal data protection requirements.
Digital tracks can easily be traced. Website administrators can easily track down their visitors. There are tools or plugins that can identify a website visitor. Even if the visitor has no intentions of sharing personal information on a website, the fact that the visitor is on the website, bits and pieces of his location and browsing habits are automatically shared online. That’s a lot of shared information online. The bad part is that not a lot of visitors are aware of it unless they take some time to read the Terms of Service of a website. Reality is, who really reads the Terms of Service of a website?
To protect the privacy of ordinary citizens, the Privacy Flag has created three tools.
There are three tools to help citizens monitor and control their privacy: a smartphone app, a browser add-on and a threat observatory. The mobile app informs users about potential privacy risks from apps installed on their Android-powered phones and tablets. Similarly, the browser add-on notifies users about a possible breach of privacy when browsing on the internet. Software and websites are deemed privacy friendly and safe or not based on analyses using input from technical enablers and crowdsourcing data from UPRAAM end users.
The third tool available to citizens but also useful for legislators web developers security researchers and businesses provides a general overview of data privacy on the internet. Using graphs and charts the observatory presents information on best practices adoption on the web and identifies issues with widely deployed technologies that lack data security. Links to the three free tools can be found on the PRIVACY FLAG website.
Some of the Privacy Flag tools would have to be downloaded and installed. On the other hand, some of the tools are very informative as well.
The Privacy Flag project shows how critical it is to keep data safe and protected. That’s the reason why a group of data recovery experts know the importance of keeping data private. Hard Drive Recovery Group guarantees data privacy. This goes to show that any kind of data, whether they’re stored online or offline, should always be protected.