Privacy Mom Leads Collegiate Nation Against All Tracking

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College students should not have their youthful transgressions, photos or thoughts stored forever on data bases belonging to companies whose first loyalty is to advertisers, data miners and data brokers.

Privacy is not a luxury.

Students need to be warned. Then they need to run not walk away from posting on public sites that don't protect them.

As part of its Occupy Privacy campaign on college campuses, Collegiate Nation announced today that it is promoting the message that college students should not have their youthful transgressions, photos or thoughts stored forever on data bases belonging to companies whose first loyalty is to advertisers, data miners and data brokers.

"Tracking those within our society who are most vulnerable, valuable and likely to make youthful mistakes is not only unethical but cruel," stated Evelyn Castillo-Bach, the founder of Collegiate Nation -- also known as GoCNCN.com

The Occupy Privacy campaign aims to educate college students on the pitfalls of posting on public social networks that track its users. "We need to educate and inform everyone about the down side of tracking. Students need to be warned. Then they need to run not walk away from posting on public social networks that track them. The adults in the room need to stand up and defend the basic American right to privacy. Tracking violates that basic right," said Castillo-Bach, who blogs on privacy issues and is also known as Privacy Mom.

"We are witnessing the greatest data grab by companies in human history," said Castillo-Bach during an hour long radio interview on Friday with Pete Peters of The Boomer and the Babe Network.

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Collegiate Nation -- also known as GoCNCN.com -- is the first and only private network exclusively for college students. It has banned all tracking and all ads. Collegiate Nation has a 2-tier membership structure. Any student can join for free. Premium level members who subscribe for $6.00/ month have access to all site features.

Evelyn Castillo-Bach is also the founder of UmeNow.com which is open to the general public. Both UmeNow and Collegiate Nation are known for fiercely protecting the privacy rights of its members. All ads, third party apps and games are banned because they are back doors to tracking and extracting private information. Castillo-Bach 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. Castillo-Bach was interviewed on the subject of Employers, Schools Checking Your Social Media by Miami television earlier this year.

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