Jennifer Chen

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I think there’s a common misconception that most people “don’t care” about privacy, so it’s okay for the tech industry to continue doing what we’ve always done. I think the truth is more complicated than that; sure, there’s user apathy and a sense of ‘well I have nothing to hide’, but that doesn’t mean we have to, or should, continue with the status quo. I feel there’s a lack of ground-level understanding of what data privacy actually means, and moreso, how the active actions in being proactive in your data privacy (or lack thereof) translate to in real-life outcomes. If people are going to be signing away their privacy in exchange for making a post, they should at least know what they’re getting themselves into and make that informed choice for themselves.

Articles by Jennifer Chen

Illustration for Is my phone spying on me?
2021-07-13

A number of data sources—like your phone number, linked accounts, browsing history, your demographics, and even who you’re standing near—create such an accurate portrait of you that it’s like your phone is “spying” on you to deliver hyper-targeted ads.

#data
#mobile
#privacy
Illustration for Why is social media so addicting?
2021-05-04

Time spent on an app, how long you stay to read a post, where and what you click: All those behaviors are data used to tailor your experience and keep you engaged.

#privacy
#social media
Illustration for What can be discovered through a “private” social media account?
2021-02-19

All your social media accounts act as a unique web of identifiers. Take small steps like fuzzing your data or creating unique usernames to make your private accounts a little more private.

#data
#privacy
#social media