Who's Watching?

Who's Watching?

There is a long list of people, companies, and governments that have access to your information and the things that you do online at any given time. 

Your phone is not private.

 No matter what you do online, if you send something to someone else, it passes through networks and severs. If you send something via Snapchat, then their servers have a copy of what you sent. Even if you follow a guide to make your Snapchat less exposed and accessible to strangers and people you don't want to see it,1 that just means that other users have limited access. Employees of the company can still pull up everything that's saved on their servers. You can check and read their privacy policy.2 There are lots of promises in there about protecting your information, but they can do whatever they want with it when they have it. There have been a number of times that major social media companies have been in trouble for allowing access to too much user information through their platforms, either because they wanted the profit or because they designed a system that doesn't secure your info enough.

Chart of third-party websites

This chart shows how many third-party websites were connected to my browser when I pulled up Dictionary.com. Some of these things are resources and external tools, but the majority of it is tracking. There are hundreds of companies that exist to track you, and to sell your information - everything from what sites you visit to how long it takes you to read a paragraph or how much of a video you watched - to each other, and advertisers, and whoever else.

  • 1. This guide on Lifewire is a great guide with step by step instructions for making your Snapchat account more safe. But don't get overconfident.
  • 2. Snap.com's Privacy Policy

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