Thursday, 24 June 2010

Social Network Bill of Rights

Derived from the conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy, this is doing the rounds at the moment. It does a good job of summing up the issues involved in social networking.


  1. Honesty: Honor your privacy policy and terms of service

  2. Clarity: Make sure that policies, terms of service, and settings are easy to find and understand

  3. Freedom of speech: Do not delete or modify my data without a clear policy and justification

  4. Empowerment : Support assistive technologies and universal accessibility

  5. Self-protection: Support privacy-enhancing technologies

  6. Data minimization: Minimize the information I am required to provide and share with others

  7. Control: Let me control my data, and don’t facilitate sharing it unless I agree first

  8. Predictability: Obtain my prior consent before significantly changing who can see my data.

  9. Data portability: Make it easy for me to obtain a copy of my data

  10. Protection: Treat my data as securely as your own confidential data unless I choose to share it, and notify me if it is compromised

  11. Right to know: Show me how you are using my data and allow me to see who and what has access to it.

  12. Right to self-define: Let me create more than one identity and use pseudonyms. Do not link them without my permission.

  13. Right to appeal: Allow me to appeal punitive actions

  14. Right to withdraw: Allow me to delete my account, and remove my data

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