Tips to protect your personal information online

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See my CTV News interview about retailer Home Depot sharing details from electronic receipts with Facebook-operated Meta without the knowledge or consent of customers. A federal privacy watchdog has found the data included encoded email addresses and in-store purchase information.

The investigation discovered that the information sent to Meta was used to see whether a customer had a Facebook account.

The report recommends that customers be allowed to opt in instead of leaving it up to the consumer to seek out the company’s privacy policy and online information-collection practices. Those opt-in options should be unchecked by default so that customers can actively check the option if they consent to share personal data and what they buy.

Here are a few ways to avoid this trap

  • One way to avoid this from happening is to not give them your information in the first place. 
  • Another way is to not sign up for newsletters that promise to share information about deals and discounts.
  • Create a habit of reading the privacy policies of the websites and apps a retailer uses
  • it’s always a good idea to ensure your computer, smartphone, and other mobile devices are password protected.

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Terry Cutler

I’m Terry Cutler, the creator of Internet Safety University, an educational system helping to defend corporations and individuals against growing cyber threats. I’m a federal government-cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the founder of Cyology Labs, a first-line security defence firm headquartered in Montréal, Canada. In 2020, I wrote a bestselling book about the secrets of internet safety from the viewpoint of an ethical hacker. I’m a frequent contributor to National & Global media coverage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and social network dangers families and individuals face daily.