1bn users face privacy invasion from major websites
Steganos, a provider of user-friendly security and privacy software for data protection and online anonymity, has revealed the most popular websites willing to take risks with up to a billion users’ personal information. Steganos’ research revealed many of the privacy offenders, including social network Facebook and email service provider Gmail, are willing to share data with third parties without the user’s explicit consent and without an official court decision.
“Users entrust a wealth of private information to social networks, messaging services, email providers and file transfer facilities. It is therefore of great concern that these popular websites are willing to pass information onto third parties with little regard for the user,‚Äù states Gabriel Yoran, Managing Director at Steganos. “It is essential to read privacy policies in detail and carefully reflect on what personal information you are providing that company and whether you are happy for this to be passed to third parties without your explicit permission.‚Äù