Archives - Personally Identifiable Information


Don’t give away information the caller should already have

If your bank or another institution with which you have an account calls you, there’s no reason they should have to ask you for personal information like your account number. They should already have that on file and easily accessible if they were planning to contact you. If this happens, it’s likely a scam. Hang […]

To protect your identity limit what you share on social media

Social networks are enormous, highly searchable data storehouses. Given that, it’s typically a bad idea to post any personally identifiable information on them because you don’t know who might see it. Don’t ever share your address, birthday or Social Security number in any online public forum, whether Facebook, TikTok, Twitter or a message board.

Limit who can see your journeys on Strava

Strava is a fitness app that tracks users’ runs or bike rides, with a social media twist. Users can connect with their friends through the app to see other athletes’ bike or run paths. Unless your privacy settings are updated to your liking, it’s possible that anyone can see where you are running or biking. […]

Find publicly available information about yourself on Pipl

Pipl is a website that finds public identity information. When you search for yourself on this website, Pipl’s identity resolution engine service collects whatever online information about you it can find and shows you what other people can see. Keep in mind there are several other sites that do this, too, and Pipl alone might […]

Use Startpage for private browsing

When you use the internet for private purposes — whether you’re looking up directions from your home or making purchases — you may want to use a browser that keeps all of your information private. Startpage is a great option because it never saves or shares any of your information, and it does not allow […]

Download a copy of your personal data from Spotify

Spotify only collects relevant personal data, but if you are interested in seeing what they collect, you can request a ZIP file containing what they’ve collected. You can download this file on the Privacy Section of your account page. If you have a more specific request, you can email [email protected]