Despite concerns raised by Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, Oath policies allow for extensive data-collecting tactics, CNET noted.
Specifically, the terms state that Oath can read your emails, instant messages, posts, photos and message attachments. That includes information about banking and other financial transactions. Additionally, Oath can share information it collects with Verizon, its parent company.
All of this is done under the guise of improving services and delivering better advertising content to users.
Am I tracked when I’m logged out?
People may be surprised to learn the company can capture data and trace users even when they are not signed into Oath-related accounts.
Privacy terms explain that Oath can “recognize you or your devices even if you are not signed in to our Services.Oath may use device IDs, cookies, and other signals, including information obtained from third parties, to associate accounts and/or devices with you.”
“This allows us to deliver, personalize and develop relevant features, content, advertising and Services,” Oath’s privacy terms state.
Every piece of data sent through their services is stored and analyzed, including outgoing and income emails, the terms state.
Oath uses automated systems that supposedly remove personally-identifying information “before any humans” see your data. But that’s not a guarantee, the report states. Often, just using an app or service means you agree to the terms.
What if I don’t like how my data is used?
Oath’s terms also include updates to its mutual arbitration clause and class-action waiver. That means that if users don’t like what Oath does with their data, it’s more difficult to sue the company.