Business Insider readers are familiar with the phrase “do not sell” or “don’t sell”.
The term is sometimes used to refer to the practice of not selling your personal information to third parties, but in practice this applies to a wide range of data that a business needs to understand and use.
It can be used to justify blocking or deactivating websites, social media accounts, and even the internet altogether.
However, the term is often misused to mean that this should not happen.
The problem The term “do nothing” was coined in 2009 by the US government’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to describe the policy of notifying the US public when their data has been transferred to third party companies.
It has been widely used in the US for years, particularly when governments are struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of data breaches.
The NTIA’s “do-nothing” policy is an example of a policy that’s not based on the best information available, but instead relies on outdated information.
“We don’t sell our data to third-party companies, we just don’t do it,” NTIA director and former US attorney general Michael Horowitz told The Verge in 2015.
“There’s a lot of things that we can do that would not allow us to sell it to anyone.”
In the past, this was seen as a solution to protect users from the risks of selling their data to data brokers, but as the world has become increasingly data-centric, “do” is becoming a more popular term to describe a lack of transparency and oversight.
“The government’s own data has already been sold to the highest bidder,” Eric Anderson, the president of Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, told The New York Times in 2017.
“So the fact that the government doesn’t actually know who’s buying it is problematic, it’s bad for people to have their privacy violated.”
In fact, there are a number of reasons why companies aren’t being transparent about their data transfer policy.
Companies are not obliged to give their customers any indication about how their data is being used, which is not the case with a “do you sell” policy.
In addition, the terms “do no harm” and “donot sell” are often used by privacy advocates to describe policies that don’t explicitly state that data is to be sold.
The latter term is used because of concerns that the terms are used to mask the extent to which privacy is being violated.
This is particularly relevant given the fact, in the past few years, that Facebook has been accused of selling users’ personal data without their knowledge or consent.
Data protection expert and author Ben Goldacre has said that this type of policy is likely to be used as a tactic by companies to try to “blackmail” their users into giving up personal information.
It’s not just about privacy, however.
Companies often rely on the use of “do we sell” to justify actions such as restricting or blocking access to certain websites, as well as restricting access to the internet, by removing a specific service or restricting access altogether.
“If you have a do-nothing policy, then there is a risk that the company doesn’t need to be transparent about how it uses its data,” Goldacre told The Times in 2015, adding that “do it, or else”.
“I think the government should be more transparent about its own data policy than it currently is.”
What you can do to protect yourself from data breaches The government’s “Do-Nothing” policy has been in place for years and has had a positive impact on data privacy, according to the NTIA.
In a 2015 report, the NTIA said that there was a clear correlation between the “do they sell” and the number of breaches detected in a given year.
Data breaches in the last five years have dropped by almost 60%, with the largest decreases occurring between 2014 and 2015.
According to the report, more than 5.1 million companies have voluntarily implemented the policy, and NTIA data shows that more than 97% of all breaches have been contained within the last year.
The report also highlighted that “Do not sell is the most common policy that a company uses to protect its users from breaches.”
To understand the impact of the policy on data security, Business Insider reached out to the National Center for Data Security, which provides data protection and privacy services to companies.
They told us that Do-Nothing was “one of the most effective and consistent data privacy policies around”, and that companies that followed it were more likely to have a lower data breach rate.
In particular, the policy has proven effective in deterring companies from disclosing how their personal data is used.
This means that more and more data is stored in a cloud, which can be accessed by third parties in a variety of ways, such as by scanning QR codes on cards, and by scanning websites.
As a result, data breaches have decreased by more than 95%