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What the Internet Knows about Us

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This is an online event. A link to join the meeting will be provided upon registration.



There’s a myth our personal data is all anonymous and that the different bits of information we give to different companies remain in separate silos; that a bunch of companies know a little about us, but no one has a complete view. In reality, our data is so granular it can easily be used to identify us, and so widely shared it can easily all be linked together.

In this session, AJ Rice will provide a broad overview of what the internet knows about us, how companies and governments track us, and why they track us. The session will cover what data specific companies and industries collect about us, how they obtain the data with or without our knowledge, and what happens to that data after they collect it.

After the presentation and Q&A, the session will conclude with a guided hands-on exercise geared at helping attendees better understand what data is being collected about them personally.

This is part-1 of a special 3-part privacy workshop in June:

Part 2 Monday 6/21 – Why Privacy Matters

Part 3 Monday 6/28 – What we can do about it

For the meeting link and password, please RSVP via Meetup or send an email to: ta3mevents AT pdxprivacy.org.

Speaker bio:

AJ Rice is a privacy advocate and the Founder & CEO of Privo Mobile - a tech startup making dumb phones designed for kids with a modern user experience and interface. AJ is author of the privacy blog Private Matters.

Related links:

Privo Mobile - https://www.privomobile.com/

Private Matters blog - https://privatematters.substack.com

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