Collegiate Nation's Privacy Mom in TV Interview Warns About Employers and Schools Spying for Dirt on College Students

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Privacy Mom warns college students: They're not looking for your GPA. They're looking for dirt, anything that will disqualify you, anything that shows poor judgment, anything that shows you hang with the wrong friends.

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Let's face it. They're not looking for your GPA. They're looking for dirt, anything that will disqualify you, anything that shows poor judgment, anything that shows you hang with the wrong friends.

In a televised interview this week, the woman known as the "Privacy Mom" and maverick, outspoken founder of Collegiate Nation continued her offensive 2012 Occupy Privacy campaign by warning college students to think twice about what they post on public websites, cautioning that employers and colleges are actively engaged in the business of collecting damaging and negative information.

"Let's face it. They're not looking for your GPA. They're looking for dirt, anything that will disqualify you, anything that shows poor judgment, anything that shows you hang with the wrong friends. Since college students are very free and open with what they share online, not realizing that there is a multi--billion dollar industry out there based on trading and selling people's private information, getting the dirt on college students is a cake walk," says Evelyn Castillo-Bach, who created Collegiate Nation -- also known as GoCNCN.com -- as a private and exclusive environment for college students to protect them from data miners who she calls "data vultures."

WPIG-TV Channel 10 ABC, Miami aired the report Employers, Schools Checking Your Social Media during the morning and lunch segment of their news broadcast. It warned students aspiring to get into the best colleges, medical schools, law schools, or seeking to land the perfect job after graduation to understand the real risks associated with posting on public sites.

"People's private information is as valuable as gold and it's being traded and sold like any valuable commodity," says Castillo-Bach who was interviewed at her home office in Florida. "A study just released this week and presented at the the British Psychological Society shows that at least 56% of employers said that they were likely to check out the social media presence of potential employees. That's not even counting all the employers who go to a data broker and pay them for all the dirt they got on you," says Castillo-Bach who is available as a speaker who encourages parents to learn more about the imminent threats posed by public sites.

Company Information:
Collegiate Nation -- also known as GoCNCN.com-- is the first and only private social network exclusively for college students. It launched in late 2009 and was reviewed by Read Write Web and the New York Times in 2010. In late 2011, the site was totally redesigned to meet the demands of its student members who wanted more features. Today, the site is open to all college students with an edu address. Collegiate Nation is known for fiercely protecting the privacy rights of college students. It has banned ads, all third party apps and games because they are back doors to extracting private information. The founder of Collegiate Nation is Evelyn Castillo-Bach. She earned her M.S. in 1993 from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has traveled extensively in Ethiopia and in the Balkans, accompanying her Danish husband who is a lawyer.

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