privacy policies

It’s Scary How Much You Give Up When You Sign A ‘User Agreement’

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/privacy-lost-accepting-user-agreements-2013-7

iTunes user agreement

We deal with user agreements all the time. Whether it’s updating iTunes or downloading a new piece of software onto your laptop, companies give a long piece of legal gibberish that might be glanced at for a second or two before clicking “Accept.”

But what do those pages of legal jargon actually say?

Are you giving away any real rights when you accept the terms and conditions given to you when you use services like Google and Facebook?

That’s the focus of this year’s award-winning documentary, “Terms and Conditions May Apply.”

The movie takes an in-depth look at what information companies and governments are able to gather about users thanks to these agreements.

Most people don’t read the many user agreements they accept all the time. There’s just not enough time.

That’s why nearly 7,500 gamers didn’t notice that they sold their soul when they bought games online from UK video gamer retailer GameStation.

On a more serious note, let’s look at Google’s privacy policies (which you agree to just by using the site)

 

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Source: http://lifehacker.com/5887310/how-to-remove-your-google-web-history-before-the-new-privacy-policy-change

How to Remove Your Google Web History Before The New Privacy Policy ChangeGoogle recently announced it was unifying its privacy policies and would be sharing the data it collects about users between all of its products, starting March 1st. That means your web searches and sites you visit will be combined with other Google products like Google Plus and YouTube. If you’d rather avoid that, the Electronic Frontier Foundation reminds us you can remove your Google search history and stop it from being recorded.

Turning off search history is one of the top Google settings you may already know about anyway if you didn’t want Google recording any sensitive searches (health, location, interests, religion, etc.), but with Google becoming more like AOL these days, now’s as good a time as any to check if you’ve got your web history paused or not.

If you’re not logged into Google already, log in. Then, go to https://google.com/history. Click “remove all Web History” and “OK”. Doing so will pause the recording of your searches going forward until you enable it again.

How to Remove Your Google Search History Before Google’s New Privacy Policy Takes Effect | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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This New California Mobile Privacy Deal Is Absolutely BRILLIANT (GOOG)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/this-new-california-mobile-privacy-deal-is-absolutely-brilliant-2012-2


California Attorney General Kamala Harris

If you live in California, you’re soon going to have a chance to read a privacy policy for every single app you download onto your mobile phone.

That’s thanks to a “Global Agreement” signed by California Attorney General Kamala Harris and six big companies in the mobile space: Google, Apple, RIM, Microsoft, Palm, and Amazon.

Just one question.

Who reads privacy policies?

You probably don’t. Just like you don’t read the terms and conditions when you download and install software, or sign up for an online email account, or rip the tag off a new mattress.

But!

The 1% of you who do read privacy policies are probably the exact same 1% who are losing sleep because information from your iPhone address book was secretly being uploaded to the servers of Path and some other app makers.

So the Attorney General and the six companies win for looking aware and concerned about online privacy, and the privacy zealots get to rest a little easier before going off on their next crusade. (Probably against Google.)

Plus, apps makers now all have to hire lawyers to write up these privacy policies and interns to put the policies online and build links to them in their apps. Which increases employment!

Wins all around. Well done.

See also: THE TRUTH ABOUT ONLINE PRIVACY: Who Cares?

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