By Gretchen Herault, CIPP
With all the news stories about online dangers and scams, do you sometimes feel like you’ve lost control over your personal information? While many Web sites today, including Monster, make strong efforts to protect their customers’ personal information, the best way to keep your personal information safe is to do so yourself. How? By controlling what personal information you give to others, you help maintain your privacy. These tips can help you do just that.
Look for Signs a Web Site Is Safe
Also, look for a privacy seal to see if the site participates in any third-party programs that certify compliance with certain privacy standards. For example, Monster participates in the TRUSTe privacy seal program, as indicated by the seal on the site. Monster also participates in the US Department of Commerce’s Safe Harbor Framework, arising out of the US implementation of the EU Data Protection Directive, a framework the US created to help US companies comply with EU privacy requirements.
Decide Who You Want to Hear From
You can decide whether to receive newsletters, updates or offers from a Web site. If you do sign up to receive them, you can always change your mind later. Usually, the Web site’s privacy statement will provide specific instructions about how you can opt out of these communications.
There should be no charge for opting out of marketing communications from the company. Keep in mind that some sites may still need to send you important emails that relate to a service you signed up for, so you may not be able to opt out of receiving emails altogether.
Manage Your Online Image
Take care to manage your information when networking, posting on message boards or blogging. If you participate in online social networks or on blogs, be careful about your contacts and the information you share. Connect only to people you trust. Do not post information about yourself you would not want shared with strangers.