UmeNow's Privacy Mom Tells Google: Stop the Data Grab

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Privacy Mom tells Google to stop the data grab: "Delete everything you know about people acquired without consent."

Privacy is not a luxury.

We are all witnessing one of the largest data grabs in human history. We don't believe it's a mistake.

In response to the Wall Street Journal report and investigation that exposed how Google bypassed the privacy settings of millions of people who use Apple's Safari browser on their computers and mobile devices, UmeNow's chief executive Evelyn Castillo-Bach released today the following statement.

"We are formally telling Google to stop the data grab. Delete everything you know about people acquired without consent," stated Castillo-Bach who is known to her followers as Privacy Mom.

As part of its Occupy Privacy campaign, UmeNow informs the public about attempts by companies to harvest information for profit. "We know that regulators in the U.S and European Union are investigating companies that use technology to deprive people of their privacy rights. But they move too slow to protect us. We are all witnessing one of the largest data grabs in human history. We don't believe it's a mistake. This is happening across the board. Companies everywhere 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 that pose as social networks, and even as games or apps are harvesting everything there is to know about us and making billions by selling that information to advertisers, other companies, and even governments," said Castillo-Bach, who is based in South Florida and is an outspoken privacy advocate.

Company Information:
UmeNow has banned all tracking and all ads. 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 is the first and only private network exclusively for college students. Castillo-Bach has been recently interviewed on radio and television to address privacy issues.

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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