What data is that website or online vendor collecting? There’s an app for that.
Disclaimer: Neither the author or MEW are promoting the use of these apps, neither has any ties to said privacy apps. We do not stand to make money from telling you about these apps. There may be other apps or similar products available. This is merely a public service, so that you, the public, can be more informed and perhaps take what you find to your school board or legislator as evidence of online data collected and shared.
Lightbeam (Free. Anyone can use.)
Ghostery (Free. Anyone can use.)
“Millions of consumers rely on the free Ghostery Browser Extension and mobile app to control how they are tracked online.” Ghostery lets you see the data brokers tracking you and it lets you block them.
Privacy Badger (Free. Anyone can use.)
“When it comes to stopping online tracking cookies, Privacy Badger don’t give a flip what the advertisers say. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a tool to help privacy-conscious users enforce their do-not-track wishes on uncooperative websites and third-party advertising companies. (EFF also has a website where you can leave feedback about what online devices or apps your school asks students to use. See EFF’s Spying on Students site.)
EFF, the online rights group created Privacy Badger, an add-on for Chrome and Firefox built to destroy third-party cookies and other trackers. Privacy Badger automatically detects and blocks third-party trackers that follow you across the web collecting data about your browsing habits.
But don’t think of Privacy Badger as an ad blocker in the vein of AdBlock Plus. Instead, the EFF add-on is built to only stop third-party tracking that happens across the web. So if an ad pops up without tracking cookies enabled, you’ll see it. Lucky for you, privacy loving user, most ads are loaded with trackers”. –PC World
Kryptowire (Not free)
According to IAPP, “Fairfax, Virginia-based security startup Kryptowire offers a service that analyzes mobile apps to determine security vulnerabilities in third-party apps found in the Android and Apple app stores. More broadly, and in addition to these tools, Kryptowire offers anti-piracy solutions, security analytics, and mobile brand protection.”
Krypotowire is partnering with the Accountability Program [as a service of the Bettter Business Bureau] “in monitoring mobile applications’ compliance with the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Principles in the challenging world of mobile. The Accountability Program protects consumer privacy in the digital advertising marketplace by ensuring all companies engaged in interest-based advertising provide transparency and control to consumers about the collection and use of their data for use in tailored advertising.”
Kryptowire is a product vetted by the military, financial institutions and Kryptowire tools are available for purchase and free demo.
Click here to read more and see the video about Kryptowire. The video does an exceptional job at showing how online data is collected and profiled.
Ask your school if they use tools similar to Lightbeam or Kryptowire. Ask if they are making sure vendors are abiding by contract policy and law. If they collect it, schools should protect it.