At a conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy, a group of privacy advocates, computer scientists, lawyers and others wrapped up a conference in San Jose on June 17th, and adopted the following social networkers bill of rights. Looking them over, I think they are all well and good but the one thing that is missing for me is: ownership. That seems like the most critical issue and makes the rest easier.
Text of Social-Network Users” “Bill of Rights”
We the users expect social-network sites to provide us the following rights in their Terms of Service, Privacy Policies and implementations of their system:
Clarity: Make sure that policies, terms of service and settings are easy to find and understand.
Freedom of speech: Do not delete or modify my data without a clear policy and justification.
Empowerment: Support assistive technologies and universal accessibility.
Self-protection: Support privacy-enhancing technologies.
Data minimization: Minimize the information I am required to provide and share with others.
Control: Let me control my data and don”t facilitate sharing it unless I agree first.
Predictability: Obtain my prior consent before significantly changing who can see my data.
Data portability: Make it easy for me to obtain a copy of my data.
Protection: Treat my data as securely as your own confidential data unless I choose to share it, and notify me if it is compromised.
Right to know: Show me how you are using my data and allow me to see who and what has access to it.
Right to self-define: Let me create more than one identity and use pseudonyms. Do not link them without my permission.
Right to appeal: Allow me to appeal punitive actions.
Right to withdraw: Allow me to delete my account and remove my data