January 28th 2017 is International Data Privacy Day and we at Marble are staunch supporters of the philosophy of protecting what we collect, and being transparent in our need for information. This year's theme is #PrivacyAware. You as an individual, should only engage with entities who respect your privacy, safeguard your data and earn your trust. So what can we do? Here are the two steps that we can take to understand how your data (and privacy) is being used and at the same time not appreciably diminishing your online experience. Privacy Tip #1 Privacy Settings Set your privacy settings to your individual comfort level. Whether you are using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any other social network, they have controls on how and with whom your information is available with the application. Take the time necessary to set those settings. Take a moment to read how the different setting affect who has access to what you are sharing. For example on Facebook you can share with a micro-group of your “friends” or with your public or somewhere in between. On your devices, under privacy or security settings you can adjust how you share your location, what information is accessible to the application or what information on your device the application has access. Privacy Tip #2 Privacy Statements Read every site’s “Privacy” statements. Why? So you will know what information will be collected, how it will be used and with whom it will be “shared.” Every time you open a privacy statement – search for the word “SHARE” and understand how your information will be shared. Search for the word “USED” and understand how your information will be used. Search for the word “COLLECT” and understand what is being collected. Here is our privacy statement. With these two simple steps, you will have obviated many of the common risks encountered by consumers.