Briefcase: Social Media Data Rights

Guest: Amanda Watson


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News of privacy breaches at social media companies have Americans more concerned than ever about personal data rights. Professor Amanda Watson, with the University of Houston Law Center, is an expert in legal research and explains how social media companies gain access to their users' personal information.

"Companies may glean and compile user profiles based on browsing habits," Professor Watson said. "However, for the actual ‘personal' data – such as your name or email address – to be shared, the owner must give permission. This often happens when you use features such as playing a game or taking a quiz."

Watson says users of social media need to protect themselves.

  • Read notices and pay attention to what you allow internet sites to collect.
  • Clean out or disallow cookies
  • Only share personal information that you want to be collected or shared