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Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC), a California nonprofit corporation working on consumer information and consumer advocacy related to how technology affects personal privacy, offers several services to empower consumers to protect their privacy.
In addition to an Online Complaint Center for consumers, assistance for journalists, services for policy makers, and a spekaer services PRC offers an extensive series of fact sheets on privacy issues.
Among these substantiated fact sheets, that are available in English and Spanish, is one that focusses on Privacy in the Age of the Smartphone. In this fact sheet you can find answers to questions like:
- What is Your Smartphone Capable of Revealing About You?
- What Information Does Your Service Provider Collect and Store?
- What Other Data Should You Be Aware of on Your Smartphone
- Who Would Want to Snoop on You Using Your Smartphone?
- How Are Smartphones Attacked?
- Do We as Consumers Have Protections?
- Where to Complain?
The facts sheet also includes a wide range of Consumer Privacy Tips. Here a selection of the tips that are explained in detail in the fact sheet:
- Never leave your smartphone unattended.
- Use Wi-Fi networks cautiously and turn Bluetooth off when not in use
- Disable photo geotagging on your phone
- Research apps before you download them:
- Password protect your phone.
- When disposing of, recycling, or donating your smartphone, be sure to remove the SIM card and wipe or reset the phone first.
Please check the PRC website for more in deep information on this and other privacy related topics.