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International Data Privacy Day 2010

Today is International Data Privacy Day, and some of the big names in the online world are stepping up and... acknowledging issues of data privacy. Google has released a video highlighting the ways it uses some of that personal data it collects about you to make your life easier, and then explains that you can opt out of some of Google's data collection policies.

Microsoft has released the results of a study on data privacy. The study looked at how HR managers and recruiters in the US, UK, France, and Germany look at the information available about job seekers online. The results? 70% of HR professionals in the US have rejected a candidate based on information they found online. But fewer than 15% of the consumers surveyed worried that anything they posted online would affect their getting a job.

In other words: Be afraid. Be very afraid. Because it looks like you're really not worried enough.

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