Understanding online privacy policies

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Understanding online privacy policies

When it comes to Facebook and Instagram, a lot of people don't realize that Facebook bought Instagram. That's the first thing. The second piece is that a lot of people don't realize those privacy policies that you see, those annoying pop-up windows with the really small fonts, if you read that carefully, it basically says that your kid's account and yours too -- but this is mostly about the kids here -- that everything they post on that profile, on Instagram and Facebook; Facebook owns it. So if they want to delete their profile, things they've said about themselves, pictures, everything; if you look into the privacy policy, it's owned by them. Even if your kid deletes it, they are getting ready for college and applying for jobs, in a goofy moment, posted a picture or made a comment, they wanted to take it off because it doesn't show them in the best light, it's still out there. Digital is forever, and also, Facebook and Instagram own it. When you are talking to your kids about ground rules, make sure your kids understand this concept.

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Theresa M. Payton

National Cyber Security Expert

Theresa Payton is a well-known and highly respected national authority on cybersecurity, e-crime and fraud mitigation, and technology implementation. She has over twenty years of advanced business and security technology expertise and leadership at the highest levels of government and in the financial services industry, including being the first woman to serve as Chief Information Officer at the White House.  She is a wife and mother to three fabulous and fun kids.  She is also the co-author of the newly released book Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online? and the founder of the S.A.F.E. Kids initiative - a classroom-based, digital safety program.

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