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How and Why Companies Collect User Data (7 Ways)

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‘Track phone, spy phone messages and give information about the phone User data to some third party companies’. 

When you start using a new app or website, there are roughly three permissions that you give knowing or unknowingly to any company that makes an app.

But is it limited to this? And the terms of use that have been given to read in the beginning, is it easy to understand his vocabulary.

After reading the Privacy Policy of the most popular apps and websites, it is found that the companies that make the app, which give confidentiality policies and terms of use to consumers, must have at least University level education to understand them.

Often companies use very complex words and curved sentences while preparing such documents.

But if these documents are comfortably read we face some surprising realities.

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7 Clever Ways Companies Can Use User Data

1. Location tracking

What is the location of your mobile, it is always tracked. Whether you allow it or not. Many apps ask signed permission from consumers whether their mobile can be tracked or not. But even if the user refuses, still the companies know User data about what is the location of your mobile. Famous apps such as Facebook and Twitter do so with the help of an Internet Protocol address.

2. Giving data to affiliates

There are several apps that collect User data and sell information to your competitor and affiliates. These app maker companies argue that they do this to deliver better consumer service to the people. For example, dating apps like Tinder who receive information from their consumers, share it with other dating apps like OK-Cupid, Plenty of Fish and Match.com.

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3. Third Party Closure

Amazon writes that they can share User data with third-party apps. Amazon has clearly written that the user carefully read their privacy policies. Phone maker company Apple also share User data. In the recently released European Union General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR), it has not been said that companies have issued their third-party list. Many law-abiding people believe that giving data to companies to a third party company can prove to be dangerous.

On the other hand, Wikipedia does not give personal information about its user data to any third party company for marketing.

4. Data Sharing of Tinder

Sometimes ‘data sharing’ means not to limit the name, age, and location of a user. For example, the dating app tinder clearly states that he also collect much other deeper information. For example, the user held the phone on which angle and how much was the phone’s movement while using the app. The company does not have any answer as to how they use this type of User data.

5. Facebook Search

Facebook offers its users the option of deleting what you searched on Facebook. But despite deletion, Facebook maintains this record for six months that what the consumer has searched in the past.

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6. Offline Tracking

Facebook can track your phone even if your phone has a Facebook app and you have not logged into it or created an account. According to Facebook data policy, the company monitors user activities with the help of a Facebook business tool, even if you are not using this tool. According to the company, that information is something like, what kind of phone the user has, what websites they saw, what they did shopping and which ads they saw.

7. Private Message

If you think that private messages are just yours, think about it again. According to their privacy policy, Linkedin can reportedly read a user private message with the help of automatic scanning technology. Twitter keeps a database of your messages. Companies claim that they try to find out when and whom else to communicate with the user. But it has been said that they do not read the private message content.

Apple says users under the age of 18 should study Apple privacy policy with their parents and understand its nuances. The research team found that an adult if sitting in a bar, reads Apple entire privacy policy, it takes an average of 40 minutes. Can a teenage mobile user be stopped for so long to read the ‘privacy policy’? Well, the problems are even more. Amazon says that users should keep checking their policy because their business varies.

However, large companies such as Google and Facebook are claiming that they are trying to simplify their written policies given to users.

But the security of the users on online mediums, especially the organizations working for the protection of children, do not consider these efforts of the companies as adequate.

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