Craigslist is a website dedicated to selling and buying used items or services. There are some items you can get for free as well. Usually you meet up with the person that is selling or buying in your area and exchange goods or services. You can also find jobs on their website. They collect some personal data when you have an account with them.
Personal data collected
Craigslist collects personal data when you sign up for their website. They collect any information you post on Craigslist through your account or even if you do not use an account. They can collect credit card information as well, but they go through an SSL, which is a security protocol to protect your information. They will also collect name, postal address, email address, phone number, fax number, Tax ID, location, and any other information you may provide to them. They can collect your web log data, including web pages viewed, IP address, access times, search data, favorites list, and HTTP headers. Craigslist also collects your device data, including screen size, plugins, phone type, and DOM local storage.
Personal data usage
Craigslist uses data to:
- Update their services to better meet your needs.
- Find your location and show you relevant items and services in your area.
- Protect against fraud.
- Send information to payment processors.
Cookies and similar tech
If you open a Craigslist account you can post items for sale or find items to buy. You can also post items for sale without an account, but they will still collect information from you such as your email address and location.
Data shared with Craigslist
How to protect your privacy
There are many ways you can protect your privacy while using Craigslist, including:
- Turning off cookies in your browser.
- Turning off GPS on your phone.
- Not using your phone to access Craigslist.
- Not signing up for a Craigslist account.
- Try deleting your Craigslist account.
How to contact Craigslist about your privacy
You can contact Craigslist about your privacy by emailing them.