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Data has been a very hot topic lately, particularly since the introduction of GDPR this May. Yet it is still surprising for technology users to discover exactly what large companies do with their data, and what types of data they are likely to store.

Why are many users unaware of this information?

Some of the language used in privacy policies, and terms and conditions, are renowned for being complex and time consuming to dige

st. It is no surprise that users don’t have the time to rigorously scan each lengthy document. But some of the facts buried inside these documents may shock you.

What data do some companies collect?

  1. Your location

Your location can be tracked even if you don’t allow it. A lot of apps ask permission to track your location through GPS, but even if you r

efuse this permission, apps can still see your location.

  1. Your data can be shared

Your data is often shared between intra-groups. For example, Tinder shares data with other dating sites for “maintenance, customer care, marketing and targeted advertising”.

  1. Monitors your movements

Some apps, such as Tinder, also collect gyroscope data. This measures the angle you’re holding your phone at, as well as keeping track of your compasses and accelerometers. Their T&Cs don’t state why!

  1. Some keep deleted searches

Facebook gives users the option to delete searches from their history, which misleadingly sounds like records are cleaned. In reality, that deleted data is held onto for 6 months.

  1. Scan private messages

According to its privacy policy, LinkedIn uses “automatic scanning technology on messages” to read through your private messages. LinkedIn claims to do this for protection and to suggest automatic replies.

Twitter also stores and processes your messages to see who you speak to and when, but claims not to look at the content.

With so many companies bombarding their users with updated privacy policies, and terms and conditions, it is sometimes worth noting what they have buried in there.

What are your thoughts on this matter?  Do you have any concerns about how your data is being stored? Tweet us at @SCSTechnology.

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