Social Networking Bill of Rights Aims to Protect Internet Users

billAs big companies like Facebook, AT&T, Google, and others have proven that their user’s information isn’t always as safe and secure as people assume. So last week, attendees of the annual Computers, Freedom, and Privacy (CFP) conference created a Users’ Bill of Rights. This bill should finally¬† give Internet users some peace of mind about what their information is really being used for.

The User’s Bill of Rights consists of 14 points that all social networking sites should follow:

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.

However, out of all the big social networking sites to see this bill, Facebook said that although it wants to provide a safe and trusted environment for users,

“We don’t agree with all of the proposed elements of the Bill of Rights for social-network users.”

If you agree with the CFP’s User’s Bill of Rights and want to show how you feel about it, you can share your opinion on Facebook or Twitter.

(Via Information Week)

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