Pembroke Pines, FL (UmeNow) March 19, 2012
Collegiate Nation announced today that as part of its Occupy Privacy campaign on college campuses, it is focusing on warning athletes. "Everything a college athlete does on public sites is being monitored by companies that specialize in collecting data and reporting everything they know back to college administrators, athletic departments, advertisers, recruiters, and future employers. Spying on college students is big business," stated Evelyn Castillo-Bach, the founder of Collegiate Nation who is also known as Privacy Mom.
"Companies who spy on college students are looking for dirt. It can be anything from inappropriate words to who your friends are or even content someone else may think does not reflect the right image, even though it's not illegal. Sometimes they are spying to know if an athlete is in contact with an agent. They monitor all the free, ad-based, public social media sites and collect information others have posted about an athlete. One company boasts that it automatically monitors Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube pages. Companies are even creating apps to help them track and spy on college athletes. Some of these apps are commissioned by the athletic department or the college. Once the student activates one of these apps, everything the student does is reported back to coaches or college administrators," says Castillo-Bach, who launched Collegiate Nation to help students retain their anonymity while connecting with other college students.
The main goal of Collegiate Nation is to protect all college students from public sites and spying eyes. "College students need to snap out of their denial mode. Public sites have ads and games and apps that report back to data bases everything you do," says Castillo-Bach who was interviewed on the subject of Employers, Schools Checking Your Social Media by Miami television earlier this year.
"We've created a platform where students can protect their identity and still connect with their college friends. Students can post anonymously, use any name they want, and even change or hide their name. Our platform is revolutionary," says Castillo-Bach, who describes public social media sites as data collection companies posing as friendly social networks.
Other features of Collegiate Nation include:
- Exclusively for college students. No outsiders allowed.
- All ads are banned because they are used to track students.
- Search engines are banned from seeing or tracking friend list, profile, photos, groups, private blogs and other private posts.
- Edit or delete any post anytime, or post anonymously or with a pseudonym.
- Site offers a "Live" section where students can post blogs and links and comments they want to share with the world. They can edit or delete these posts at anytime. They can also post anonymously or with a pseudonym.
- All third party apps and games are banned because they are back doors to extracting private information.
Collegiate Nation -- also known as GoCNCN.com -- is the first and only private network exclusively for college students. It has banned all tracking and all ads. Collegiate Nation has a 2-tier membership structure. Any student can join for free. Premium level members who subscribe for $6.00/ month have access to all site features.
Evelyn Castillo-Bach is also the founder of UmeNow.com which is open to the general public. Both UmeNow and Collegiate Nation are known for fiercely protecting the privacy rights of its members. All ads, third party apps and games are banned because they are back doors to tracking and extracting private information. Castillo-Bach earned her M.S. in 1993 from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has traveled extensively in Ethiopia and in the Balkans, accompanying her Danish husband who is a lawyer.
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