Word on the Street Volume 2: Social Media Privacy Updates If you don’t know, now you know

Our digital world is constantly changing to serve us better. Are you keeping up? If you’re having trouble staying on top of the latest news, launches, or revised regulations, stay with me. I promise to make it short and sweet so you can get back to living in the present.

Big Brother is Watching

Do you feel like Facebook knows you better than you know yourself? Have you Googled a product and now you see it as you scroll through your Facebook news feed? This is not a coincidence. Facebook is collecting data about you. New policy guides are collecting content that is unique to each user every time you: like and share a post, upload a photo and tag the location, listen to your favorite music, and communicate with your friends. However, Facebook is making some changes, letting users decide whether to share political or religious information and if they want to allow targeted ads. The goal of the new data policy updates is to create a personalized experience without infringing on your privacy and personal beliefs.


“It’s important to show people in black and white how our products work – it’s one of the ways people can make informed decisions about their privacy. So we’re proposing updates to our terms of service that include our commitments to everyone using Facebook. We explain the services we offer in language that’s easier to read. We’re also updating our data policy to better spell out what data we collect and how we use it in Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and other products.”

– Erin Egan, VP and Chief Privacy Officer and Ashlie Beringer, VP and Deputy General Counsel


Facebook is also working to cut back on fake news which you can read more about here.


Say goodbye to API! Instagram will be shutting down part of the old application program interface, effective immediately. So, what does this mean for die-hard grammers? With the old API scheduled for depreciation, developers will have a harder time accessing and pulling users’ data, making this popular platform better and more safe. #bettersafethansorry



Everyone is receiving an influx of notifications about privacy policies across your favorite social media platforms, but do you know what is being updated? This can be a bit confusing if you aren’t familiar with General Data Protection Rights. But do not worry, we are here to help break this down!


What you need to know:
GDPR is a legal policy that requires businesses to protect personal data and privacy of European Union’s citizens for transactions that occur within EU states.


  • New GDPR policies go into effect May 25
  • Data Protected under GDPR
  • Personal information: names, addresses, date of births, SSN
  • Web-based data: user location, IP address, cookies, and RFID tags
  • HIPAA and genetic data
  • Biometric data
  • Radical and/or ethnic data
  • Political opinions
  • Sexual orientation
  • Any U.S. company that has a web presence that markets their products will be affected



We know all this stuff can be overwhelming and boring, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Check out some of these funny tweets about GDPR. Here’s a few of our favorites: