UmeNow People's Network vs. Giant Tech and CISPA

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"UmeNow is a people's network. Our entire platform is about kicking out spy tools and providing maximum privacy protection. We are the only social network that has banned all tracking and said NO to any laws like CISPA," stated Evelyn Castillo-Bach, founder and CEO.

Evelyn Castillo-Bach, founder of UmeNow

Giant tech companies have no real incentive to ban tracking and spying. Their business model is based on monetizing user information. We represent the next evolution, the People's Network.

"Really looking for a network where people can connect with no tracking or spying?" That's the question posed by the founder and CEO of UmeNow. The company announced today that it is inviting everyone who opposes surveillance laws like CISPA to join the network.

"UmeNow is a people's network. Our entire platform is about kicking out spy tools and providing maximum privacy protection. We are the only social network that has banned all tracking and said NO to any laws like CISPA that will allow companies to disclose to the government what people are doing and saying, all without a search warrant," stated Evelyn Castillo-Bach, the founder and CEO.

UmeNow launched in July 2011. It has banned all tracking, including tagging and face recognition technology. Ads, third party apps, and games are also banned because they are often used to extract private information without consent.

UmeNow site features include:

  • multiple Walls for friends, families, colleagues and groups.
  • private photo gallery.
  • a Love-n-Likes section where members share with each other without friending.
  • a blog section that permits posting anonymously, with a real name, or a pseudonym.
  • option to share blogs with the whole world or friends only.
  • ability to edit or delete anything posted, at anytime.
  • simple and clear privacy settings.
  • when something is delete, the company deletes it forever.
  • zero tolerance for cyberbullying.
  • zero tolerance for data mining and data brokers.
  • zero tolerance for tracking, face recognition technology, and other spy tools.

"Giant tech companies have no real incentive to ban tracking and spying. Their business model is based on monetizing user information. We represent the next evolution, the People's Network, where the privacy interests of the individual is the only business model," stated Castillo-Bach, who is also an outspoken privacy advocate who frequently blogs within the In the News section of UmeNow.

Company Information:
UmeNow is a private "people's network" that has banned all tracking. UmeNow has a 2-tier membership structure. Anyone may join for free and enjoy many of the site features. Free members and subscribed members receive the same level of privacy protection. 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.com 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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