Data Privacy

Complimentary “Data Privacy” Article for Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Members

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) has created an article guiding consumers on data privacy.  This article is available to our members to publish in print or online at no cost.

For most Pennsylvanians, recent years have brought an increasingly significant reliance on technology: household projects, cooking and baking, banking and investments and social media. In each application, or on each website, there is a sign-up page with a host of questions or open fields requesting user data in order to proceed to the instructions, the recipes, the financial information and the photos and comments of friends and family. This seemingly simple data requirement “wall” is all that stands between the user and the product they seek, but does quickly and complacently providing such information open the door to making the consumer the product?

Featured Article Sources

  • Sarah Choi, Federal Trade Commission attorney for the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection
  • Kristin Phillips-Hill, Pennsylvania State Senator
  • Mark Weinstein, CEO and Founder of MeWe


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Pennsylvanians are social people, often engaging with family, friends and others through numerous social media platforms. Information shared on these platforms can come from reputable news sources or, unfortunately, from other untrustworthy contributors that publish verifiably false content. Engagement with unreliable news sites is on the rise and it is important for news consumers to know how to identify these sources of misinformation.



Spiritually Remote

The Rev. Jeffrey Packard, St. Andrew’s rector, said the church holds a 10 a.m. service on Sunday mornings through Facebook Live. Additionally, St. Andrew’s has a half-hour morning prayer on Zoom every day except Sundays. On Wednesdays, the church holds a 15-minute “noon day prayer,” when communion used to be held.

Now, communion takes place during the church’s only in-person worship — the 5 p.m. service. Hand sanitizer bottles click open as Packard makes his rounds to each pew to bless the parishioners. People keep on their masks until Packard goes to the next row. After he’s moved on, they drop their masks to consume the wafer.


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