Online privacy concerns are real, but users of Facebook, smartphone apps and the Internet at large are best protected when they are careful what they post and understand the degree to which their personal data is a commodity.
It’s one thing to decide you don’t care if companies want to know everything about you so as to better target ads. It’s another to be completely in the dark about the degree to which all sorts of entities want data about who you are, what you like and dislike, who you associate with, and what you buy.
Media outlets have been involved in a heated debate recently about online privacy.
The Wall Street Journal, which has a record of publishing whistle-blowing articles about how companies track people’s online behavior, posted a story that asserts the most popular apps on Facebook gather volumes of personal information about users. <READ MORE>