Welcome to e.Woke #45: Data Collection Makes Me WannaCry
These past few weeks have been intense (this week included), but I hope you all are ready for this week’s e.Woke! We’ll be covering data collection, malware, and more! Also, all of us here at Generation Justice appreciate every one of you who subscribe to this project, so this week, I included more tips and articles on how to protect yourselves in the digital world. Stay safe online and IRL!
Almost everyone knows that social media websites often collect personal data. It doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, but now I’m literally about to destroy my computer and hide in the woods. It seems like data breaches are happening everyday, so when you find out what websites are actually collecting on you, it can be a bit anxiety-inducing. Here is what Google knows: Everywhere you’ve been, everything you’ve ever searched, your deleted internet history, what apps you use, and your YouTube history. Oh! They’ve also created an advertisement profile based on your “location, gender, age, hobbies, career, interests, relationship status, possible weight (need to lose 10lb in one day?) and income.”. Also, this wouldn’t be e.Woke if I don’t talk about how scary Facebook is, so here is what Facebook knows: everything from what stickers you use in messenger to where you are when you login. They also have HUGE amounts of data on each user, “This includes every message you’ve ever sent or been sent, every file you’ve ever sent or been sent, all the contacts in your phone, and all the audio messages you’ve ever sent or been sent.”.
Speaking of data breaches, Under Armour is latest victim! The breach happened in late February, but Under Armour did not learn of it until March 25th. “The affected data did not include government-issued identifiers (such as Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers), which the company does not collect from users. Payment card data was also not affected because it is collected and processed separately.”. Can’t we just be healthy without worrying about hacks?! Anyway, if you are EVER affected by a data breach, change your passwords immediately!
WannaCry returns! (even though it never really went away). Boeing Airlines is the most recent victim of WannaCry, an encryption malware. “After an initial scare within the company that vital airplane-production equipment might be brought down, company executives later offered assurances that the attack had been quashed with minimal damage.” Wow, that’s totally not scary at all. I only have one question now: Who’s next? (hopefully none of you, so here is an article on how to protect yourself from WannaCry!)
Digital Security Tips, Resources, and Guides:
- Android Users, Change This Setting to Stop Facebook’s Collection of Your Call and Text Metadata (via EFF)