UmeNow: Giant Social Networks are Data Collection Companies (Audio)

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While we are happily entertained with the latest games and apps, data collection companies posing as social networks are harvesting everything there is to know about us and making billions selling that information to other companies and governments.

Privacy is not a luxury.

While we are happily entertained with the latest games and apps, data collection companies posing as social networks are harvesting everything there is to know about us and making billions selling that information to other companies and governments.

In her no holds barred style, UmeNow's chief executive Evelyn Castillo-Bach told Professor Murray Nabors for Web Talk Radio that "giant social networks are really data collection companies in disguise." During the hour long interview which aired for the first time yesterday but is also available via podcast, Castillo-Bach warned the audience: "We are witnessing the largest data grab in human history. Companies are rushing to collect and store forever every piece of information about us. While we are happily entertained with the latest games and apps, data collection companies posing as social networks are harvesting everything there is to know about us and making billions by selling that information to other companies, governments, and who knows who." The interview also focused on the special risk to children and what parents need to do to protect them.

"Ethical entrepreneurs, developers and hackers have a responsibility to expose the unethical business practices of tracking and data mining. We should defend the privacy rights of ordinary people. Children especially should be protected," explains Castillo-Bach, who is also the founder of Collegiate Nation. She warned college students about tracking that targets them during a television interview in Miami.

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UmeNow has banned all tracking and all ads. It recently changed its platform to allow anyone to join for free. Previously, free membership was limited to 30 days. Now, free membership has no time limit. UmeNow's 2-tier membership structure promises the same privacy protection to its free members. Premium level members who subscribe for $6.00/ month have access to all site areas.

Evelyn Castillo-Bach is the founder of UmeNow and Collegiate Nation. UmeNow entered into its silent launch in July 2011. Collegiate Nation--also known as GoCNCN.com-- is the first and only private network exclusively for college students. Castillo-Bach was interviewed on the subject of Employers, Schools Checking Your Social Media by Miami television earlier this year.

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.

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