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Be Aware of What You Share Online

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

March 4, 2010

Before you share your personal details online, be sure you check the Web site's privacy policy, The Big Chair warns. "Privacy policies are not necessarily written for the benefit of the consumer," explains David Vaile of the cyberspace law and policy centre at the University of NSW, but consumers can look for indications of how reliable a site will be, including whether opt-in and opt-out functions are in place. Federal Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis warns consumers to be especially aware of clauses that refer to third parties that could inadvertently result in consent to use information in unexpected ways. As Vaile puts it, "It's very hard to undo damage once it has been done. There are all sorts of things that can have lifelong ramifications, including for people other than yourself."
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