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MyPermissions.org

Application Privacy Monitoring Tool


Tiny
Published 04/06/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

MyPermissions.org is a tool that helps users regain control of their private information and how it is accessed by online applications. The homepage lists icons for a number of popular third party applications, including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, DropBox, Instagram, Flickr, FourSquare, AOL, Familio and Windows Live. Users can click the icon for the apps they use to begin. MyPermissions.org takes the user to their app settings and permissions page. The user can review current settings and make any changes as necessary. Users can also set up an email notification that reminds them to check their permissions for any changes. The notification comes from MyPermissions so the user can quickly access permission pages and settings. User comments are displayed on the homepage and provide encouragement to newcomers.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

MyPermissions was created by Eran Sandler and Avi Charkham. The application was intended to help internet users keep track of their personal data. Many individuals express concern for who has their personal information and how it is being used. MyPermissions provides a quick, easy way to access privacy settings for a number of popular applications. Many widely-read publications have praised MyPermissions.org, including MSNBC, Mashable, Hacker News, LifeHacker, The Verge and The Next Web.

What are the differences to other apps?

MyPermissions.org is geared entirely towards help users regain control over who has their personal information. The application serves a noble cause. Users can visit the website and begin checking a number of applications, one at a time. The service is unique and doesn’t require anything from the user, which is definitely a big step in furthering the implied cause: to help internet users closely monitor who has their information and how it is used.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

MyPermissions.org uses a simple design that stays modern. The homepage highlights comments made by media outlets, celebrities and regular users through Facebook. A grid of stylish square icons is found at the center, with familiar logos that represent each third party application the user can ‘clean up.’ The design is very simple, but extremely effective. There are no obstacles to slow the user down. Anyone can quickly figure out how to use MyPermissions.org and begin reclaiming their wayward personal data.

How does the registration process work?

MyPermissions.org is all about keeping personal data private. Requesting said information from users would seem counterproductive to the site’s cause. There are no registration requirements and anyone can visit the MyPermissions.org homepage and begin checking their favorite applications’ privacy settings. The user will have to login to the account associated with each third party application, but this has nothing to do with MyPermissions.org. The site is merely a gateway to the areas the user needs to access to view the settings for each account.

What does it cost to use the application?

MyPermissions.org offers a valuable service, but it is not something users couldn’t do no their own if they had the drive to clean up personal data. The service is completely free. No registration is needed, so it would be difficult to charge for access anyway. The free price is a great way to encourage users to set reminders and begin cleaning up personal data on a regular basis.

Who would you recommend the application to?

MyPermissions.org is an excellent resource for anyone who uses the applications featured on its homepage. The service doesn’t require a separate account. Instead the site works as a quick way for users to find their privacy settings for each third party application. There are no fees and users can check settings as often as they like. The reminder service is a nice feature that makes it much easier for users to keep track of any changes in privacy settings or personal data use.

  • Check settings for a number of popular third party applications
  • Make changes quickly and directly
  • No additional registration is required to use MyPermissions
  • Set up reminders that notify the user when its time to clean up apps again
  • Leave comments for other users through Facebook


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