If you are like most people, you don’t really want to read privacy policies. They aren’t typically easy to understand. Nor are they often descriptive enough for you to actually grasp what a company is doing with your information. Even so, we believe they can be valuable tools to help you protect your personal information. You might discover privacy settings and choices you were unaware of. You will also find that some companies take your privacy more seriously than others, which may help you choose who to do business with.
If you aren’t going to read a policy in full before you decide to give a website or app your information, we have 3 tips to help you find important information and make decisions quickly!
2. Check to see what security measures a company uses to protect your information.
3. Find out whether you have any privacy choices.
Now that you know a company has at least thought about privacy and security, scroll through the policy to see if there are any opt-outs or privacy settings you can take advantage of. For example, does the company allow you to opt out of having your information shared with third parties for marketing purposes? Are you able to access and correct or delete information that the company maintains on you?
If you have questions about any settings or options, look for the contact number or email address listed in the policy to address privacy questions.