UmeNow: Privacy Mom Supports EU Privacy Regulators, U.S. Laws Fail the 99%

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"Our privacy rights should not take a back seat to technology or cease to exist when we play a game or use an App on our mobile devices," says privacy advocate and UmeNow founder Evelyn Castillo-Bach.

Privacy is not a luxury.

Tech companies treat people's personal details like a commodity no different than gold or soybeans to be bought and sold.

UmeNow announced today that it supports the EU approach to privacy protection.
"What's going on today is the wild west of data grab," said Evelyn Castillo-Bach, the founder of UmeNow, who is known to her followers as Privacy Mom.

"Privacy protections is at a critical moment. The U.S. and the E.U. have very different approaches to privacy. The U.S. relies on promises made by the giant tech companies. This approach fails the 99%. The Europeans focus on enforcing the privacy rights of the individual," said Castillo-Bach, who has publicly stated that companies posing as social networks, games and apps are engaged in the greatest data grab in history.

"Our privacy rights should not take a back seat to technology or cease to exist when we play a game or use an App on our mobile devices," said Castillo-Bach, who takes the position that public social networks are actually data collection companies. The Occupy Privacy campaign she leads raises public awareness about companies that harvest private information for profit. "They treat people's personal details like a commodity no different than gold or soybeans to be bought and sold," says Castillo-Bach, who was recently interviewed by two interdependent blog radio broadcasters addressing privacy violations by social networks, Boomer and The Babe and by Professor Murray W. Nabors in the show titled Achieving Your Dreams in Our Crazy World – The Dangers of Social Networking, and a Solution!

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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 GoCNCN.com-- is the first and only private network exclusively for college students. Castillo-Bach was interviewed earlier this year by Miami television to address privacy issues impacting college students.

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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