Personal Data Sold Without Your Knowledge

How to stay safe online

Select device:

Ensure only your contacts are able to see your phone number.

On Facebook:

  • On Facebook, go to your profile.

  • Click on Edit Profile.

  • Click on Contact and Basic Info → Contact Info → Lock Icon.

  • Select from the dropdown: Friends or Only Me.

On the Instagram mobile application:

  • Go to your profile

  • Select the 3 horizontal bars in the top right corner.

  • Click "Settings" and go to "Privacy".

  • From here, you can control how your information is viewed. For example, under "Story" you can select who views your Instagram story.

On Twitter mobile application:

  • Select your profile icon in the top left corner.

  • Go to "Settings and Privacy" and then "Privacy and safety".

  • Here, you can control who your recieve direct messages from, protect who views your tweets, etc.

In iOS devices

  • Open a message and tap on 'Details' in the top right corner

  • Inside the menu, you will see an 'i' button, which you can click on

  • Scroll to the bottom and block the caller

In Android devices

  • Go to recent calls

  • Tap the call you want to report as Spam

  • Tap Block/report Spam

  • Tap Block

Use the TRAI's DND 2.0 App to report spam and file complaints against such messages (and calls). It is available on both iOS (though with limited functionality) and Android.

Here are some harms that you need to be cautious about

What else should you know about?

You may not have, or be aware of, adequate grievance redressal mechanisms against digital abuse or harm on social media platforms.

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