[LINK] 'Social Networking Systems' and Privacy
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Wed Feb 9 14:38:52 EST 2005
I expressed serious concern about Plaxo and its ilk last year:
I've just had a call from the Australian Financial Reviews' John
satisfied my concerns.
the paper and sought a dialogue, they failed to engage).
So I answered in the generic - fundamentally, these services are
extremely dangerous; there are few countries that regulate personal
data held by individuals, especially for social rather than business
purposes; and privacy policies mean very little, because (a) actions
and practices are what do damage, not policies, and (b) there's very
little effective law in place, so privacy policies have almost no
actual legal impact.
is dated May 6th, 2004 - so it's presumably undergone some degree of
change since I wrote.
To the company's credit, they've provided a differences document at:
and have given an undertaking to do so in the future as well.
I'm buried right now. If anyone has done an analysis, or knows of
one, or can offer John something more than the above level of
wishy-washy generality, please contact him. A cc. to me would be
Roger Clarke http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/
Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, 78 Sidaway St, Chapman ACT 2611 AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 2 6288 1472, and 6288 6916
mailto:Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au http://www.xamax.com.au/
Visiting Professor in the eCommerce Program, University of Hong Kong
Visiting Professor in the Baker Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre, U.N.S.W
Visiting Fellow in Computer Science, Australian National University
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