On The New York Times, Nick Confessore explains how his investigative work on social media and data privacy has changed his tech habits to be more security conscious, yet even that seem pointless.
So what do I do? Whatever I can. In my privacy settings, I’ve turned off — or “paused” — all of the Google services associated with my Gmail accounts that track me or collect my data. I never sign into another website or service using my Facebook account, a feature Facebook has used to track its users’ browsing activities off the Facebook platform. I’ve tweaked all the privacy settings on Facebook and other services that I can find.
For all that, I have no doubt that a true privacy expert reading this article will laugh at all the things I’m missing. And that’s kind of the point: In the United States, and in some other countries, the deck is stacked against consumers.
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