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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

The Latest Dark Web Cyber-Criminal Trend: Selling Children’s Personal Data

Here’s another reason to not post your private information online and especially to never post any information about your children online: Fraudsters are looking for a clean credit history and are using stolen identities of children to create them.

Of course, this can create all sorts of problems for you if your information is visible to others but it also can create even bigger problem for children when they grow older and apply for college loans, automobile loans, or even a credit card.

The (former) child may not remember taking out a credit card when he or she was six years old, but the bank is adamant, and now your child has a poor credit rating. In their eyes, you’re persona non grata. The future suddenly isn’t so bright. How could this be?

You might want to read the article by Danny Palmer in the ZDNet web site at: https://zd.net/2CGzdTo. Then cancel your Facebook account and stop using Google and all the other web sites that surreptitiously collect your personal information and the personal information of your children, then sell that information to the highest bidder.

Suggestions:

1. Cancel your Facebook account and all other social media web sites. You don’t really need them anyway and you know those web sites are spying on you.

2. Use the DuckDuckGo search engine instead of Google’s privacy-invasive searches. DuckDuckGo doesn’t spy on its users. See my past articles about DuckDuckGo by starting at https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+duckduckgo&atb=v132-2_j&ia=web.

3. Switch to a secure email service, preferably one that uses encryption. See my past articles about encrypted email services by starting at https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+encrypted+email&atb=v132-2_j&ia=web and especially the article How to Switch to Encrypted Email: The Ultimate Guide to Everyday Email Encryption by Justin Uther available at https://privacyblog.com/2018/04/23/how-to-switch-to-encrypted-email-the-ultimate-guide-to-everyday-email-encryption/.

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

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