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It’s worrying, and potentially dangerous, when someone peels back the curtain of another’s identity. The Conversation, from Brian A. Jackson/Shutterstock.com and Kansas Department of Transportation via AP

What is doxxing, and why is it so scary?

Most people have all sorts of breadcrumbs of their identity scattered around the internet. A dedicated sleuth can piece them together and reveal private information in a very public way.
Close your eyes and count to 10: GDPR is coming. SB_photos/Shutterstock.com

What does GDPR mean for me? An explainer

Everything you wanted to know but were scared to ask about... the General Data Protection Regulation (coming to a country near you).
Social media companies combine many pieces of information into a complex digital profile. Tetiana Yurchenko/Shutterstock.com

To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining

For years, watchdogs have warned of the potential problems of sharing data with online companies. The Facebook data crisis has made these concerns much more real. What should be done now?
Your finger may hover, but it’s hard get rid of it once and for all. ymgerman/Shutterstock.com

Why it’s so hard to #DeleteFacebook: Constant psychological boosts keep you hooked

Social media provide shortcuts to things we yearn for, like connection and validation. Media effects scholars explain the psychological benefits we get from Facebook that make it so hard to quit.
Most people don’t know what they’re agreeing to. Micolas/Shutterstock.com

Nobody reads privacy policies – here’s how to fix that

Consumers can't read, understand or use information in companies' privacy policies. So they end up less informed and less protected than they'd like to be. New research shows a better way.

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