Data Privacy Day

Privacy & Domestic Violence

For anyone recovering from sexual violence, stalking or intimate partner violence, the ability to control their privacy and personal information is essential to rebuilding their sense of security. The Internet does not make that easy, especially when abusive partners are technologically savvy.

In recognition of Data Privacy Day, is offering MyPrivacy, a free service for domestic violence survivors that monitors websites and databases for personally identifying information and works with third parties to have it removed. 

Here are more resources to help individuals who may be at risk regain control of their online presence and personal information.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) 

The NNEDV’s Safety Net Project focuses on the intersection of technology and intimate partner abuse and works to address how it impacts the safety, privacy, accessibility, and civil rights of victims. The Safety Net Project has a number of resources and tip sheets for survivors and agencies working with survivors, including:

  • Web Wise Women, a handout that explains how information gets online, how it gets shared, and what you can do to limit the information that is shared about you.

For the latest news related to technology in the context of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and violence against women, visit NNEDV’s blog,

GPS, Spyware & Stalking

  • The Use of Technology to Stalk. This self-paced, interactive course will give you a better understanding of how stalkers use these and other technologies to locate, harass, and surveil their victims. You will also identify steps to assist in investigating stalking crimes and supporting victims of stalking. This online training was produced by the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime.
  • The National Stalking Helpline provides guidance and information to anybody who is currently or has previously been affected by harassment or stalking.

Private Web Browsing & Social Networking 

  • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network’s Computer Safety page provides easy tutorials for clearing web browser history or editing social media privacy settings.
  • Facebook Help Center: “What can I do if my current or ex-boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse is controlling or monitoring what I do on Facebook?”