- On May 25, 2018 Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect, so many companies were putting new data and privacy policies into place to comply with this new regulation.
- Per the New York Times, "The data regulation law centers on two main principles:
- The first is that companies need your consent to collect your data.
- The second is that you should be required to share only data that is necessary to make their services work."
- Many companies are updating privacy policies and using this situation to have users reaffirm consent.
- To look closely at your privacy settings on social media, us Twitter's “Your Twitter Data” in your privacy settings. On Facebook, use the “Privacy Checkup” tool or go to the Privacy tab in your settings.
- I’ve also been using these email reminders as a prompt to thin my email subscription list and to unsubscribe from emails that are no longer helpful or relevant for me.
- Last week, Amazon confirmed reports that an Oregon family's Amazon Echo device had recorded and sent a private audio conversation to a random person on their contact list.
- If you choose to own an Alexa or any other digital assistant, take the following precautions:
- Place the device somewhere that it can be clearly seen so that you will see the active light when it illuminates.
- Make sure the device’s volume is turned to an audible level that enables you to hear its queries.
- Carefully consider your device’s “wake word” and do not use a word that you would otherwise use regularly.
- Be cautious about the skills (apps) you install on your device.
- Do not share your contact list or call Amazon to revoke access.
- I listen to short daily updates from EWTN, Relevant Radio and "Starquest Headlines" from SQPN in my daily “flash briefing.” Many of the large Catholic media outlets are now offering daily briefings.
- I listen to the daily Mass readings and have prayed the Rosary with Alexa and love listening to Franciscan Media’s “Saint of the Day” each day.
- I listen to a variety of Catholic podcasts and radio stations via Alexa. (To listen to the Son Rise Morning Show each day, simply say, "Alexa, play Sacred Heart Radio.")
- New Catholic skills are being added daily. Be sure to check reviews on each skill you try before using it.
Copyright 2018 Lisa Hendey
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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder of CatholicMom.com, a bestselling author and an international speaker. A frequent radio and television guest, Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and communications. Visit Lisa at LisaHendey.com or on social media @LisaHendey for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish, school or organization. Visit Lisa's author page on Amazon.com.