This is Internetting 101. You might authorize a harmless app, giving it access to your Twitter or Facebook account; a year later, the app company is sold to a less ethical one, which then hijacks your account for spam. Common as dirt. And you know what? Short of never authorizing any apps, ever, there’s nothing whatsoever you can do about it.
You’ve signed up for a dating site, and it has promised up and down not to sell your data for marketing purposes. One year in, so far so good. Except the site folds, and someone else buys its assets — and those assets include all your personal info. The new owners made no privacy promise, and now your likes, dislikes, and dating history are floating down you-know-what creek without you.
Sound unlikely? Actually, it’s probably the norm.
The New York Times delved deeply into the privacy policies of a number of major web and app companies to see what, if any, protections their customers have in the event the company is sold. As you might guess, it’s not good news for consumers.
The Times looked at the policies for the 100 biggest sites in the U.S., as ranked by Alexa. Of those, 85 (including the New…
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