UmeNow: To Google and Facebook We Are the Product -- Privacy Mom Agrees with Sen. Al Franken

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"We applaud Sen. Al Franken for officially stating that Google and Facebook are essentially advertising companies, and we are not their clients but the product," said Evelyn Castillo-Bach.

Privacy is not a luxury.

Senator Al Franken on Facebook and Google: “You are not their client, you are their product.”

"When I read the speech by Senator Al Franken and what he said about Facebook and Google and how they have evolved from friendly service providers to data consuming giants, I am reminded of the film Independence Day. You look up one day and realize that the whole purpose of the newcomers is to devour the planet," stated the founder of UmeNow, Evelyn Castillo-Bach, in a statement released today.

Agreeing with Senator Al Franken, who spoke to the American Bar Association recently on Anti-Trust issues, Castillo-Bach, known to her followers as Privacy Mom, applauds Sen. Franken for his candid and outspoken remarks zooming in on how the giant social networks are precariously close to becoming so dominant that they can violate their users’ privacy without worrying about market pressure. "That’s a big problem if you care about privacy, and it’s a problem that the antitrust community should be talking about," stated Sen. Franken during his remarks to the American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

"We applaud Senator Franken for officially stating that Google and Facebook are essentially advertising companies, where we are not the clients but the product," said Castillo-Bach, who is an outspoken privacy advocate. She was recently interviewed by Miami television on privacy issues as it impact college students.

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 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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