For example, many internet businesses do not collect a customer’s name, address, or other personal information. This is illegal in the United States, and we are talking about companies that make over $75 million in revenue.
However, over the past few years we have seen several popular web applications that collect their users’ personal information such as their age and their gender. Many do this without any apparent reason.
Unfortunately, this practice has become a bigger problem for online businesses. In 2008, we published an article called “Privacy in Online Businesses” in which we pointed out how many internet businesses do not protect their customers. We pointed out that a good example was Gmail which collects your email address and then sends it to a third party. This third party then re-sells the email to other companies.
Gmail, for example, was among the first to encrypt all of your email addresses, but it’s not very secure. We’ve talked about this a bit in our previous blog, but Gmail is still one of the most popular email services.
Another example is Google Maps. Even though they claim to use encryption to protect your info, they still collect your email and send it to third parties.
A new privacy bill just put to congress has gone into effect that requires most Internet service providers to use a minimum level of encryption. This helps protect you by protecting one of the most valuable data on the internet.
This is a problem that Google, Facebook, Amazon, and every other company on the planet face. These companies are all major players in the online world and one of the most valuable things they own is the information held in their databases. This has led to a lot of debate about what information these companies collect and what they don’t collect.