What is internet privacy?

Internet privacy (also known as internet privacy) is the privacy and security level of personal data published via the internet. It is a term that broadly refers to a variety of factors, techniques and technologies used to protect sensitive and private data.

Internet privacy is a cause for concern for any user planning to make an online purchase, visit a social networking website or participate in online games or forums.

What are some of the risks associated with sharing information online?

It is surprisingly easy to inadvertently give away your personal information online, especially when prompted to do so by an e-mail, on social networking sites or on company websites requesting information which they do not necessarily need to do business with you.

In addition, certain organisations hold information about you which enables you to carry out transactions with them. These include government departments, financial institutions, building societies, insurance companies, retailers, search engines, etc. Even though they are all subject to privacy laws, you still need to be vigilant about their use of your data.

There are many ways our personal privacy can be invaded and some of them are listed below:

  • Identity theft
  • Blackmail/extortion
  • Defamation of character
  • Unsolicited selling and marketing
  • People using awareness of your activities and movements to act against you
  • Employers using your personal information to exploit you

How can I protect my privacy?

There are many ways you can protect your online privacy:

  • Do not reveal personal information inadvertently
  • Turn on cookie notices in your web browser
  • Realise that you may be monitored at work, avoid sending highly personal e-mails to mailing lists, and keep sensitive files on your home computer
  • Beware of sites that offer some sort of reward or prize in exchange for your contact information or other personal details
  • Do not reply to spammers, for any reason
  • Be conscious of home computer security
  • Examine privacy policies and seals on websites
  • Be mindful of what data you store on the cloud

How can Internet Law help?

If you would like to speak to an experienced lawyer regarding help with an online privacy issue then you could do so at Internet Law free of charge.

Enter your legal question about an internet privacy issue on the Internet Law website now and we will select the most suitable lawyer to personally assist you with your enquiry. Internet Law has access to several lawyers with experience directly relevant to this legal area.

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