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This is the Glossary for the IWMF’s Keep it Private course

Blurring: To make changes to an image so that it is difficult to see.

Corroborate information: To verify whether information is correct.

Data: Information

Database: A place where data is organised and stored online

Data-broker sites: Subscription services that collect information on you, including address, phone numbers and more, from public databases and store this data in one place so that people are able to easily look up your information online.

Doxing: When personal information, such as a home address or phone number,  is published online with the intent to cause you harm.

Identity theft: When personal data, such as a date of birth or home address, is used by someone to steal your identity.  

Impersonate: To pretend to be someone else.

Misappropriate: To take something that does not belong to you and use it for bad intentions.

Online presence: The information and profile you create online related to your work as a journalist.

Hover over: Put the cursor of your mouse over the image to reveal information.

Online harassers: People who use the Internet to attack and intimidate others online.

People-finder sites: Please see data-broker sites.

Personal identifiable information (PII): Personal information that can be used to identify, locate or contact you. Types of PII include, your address, your date of birth, and your phone number.

Privacy: When information about you is kept offline and not shared with the public.

Third-party sites: A website where you do not have control over the data held on it.