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Understanding Terms and Services

From: Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2012 10:39:33 -0500
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There is a new tumblr like service which has started recently. I was looking at the Terms and Services
It goes like this: 

    We may share aggregated demographic information with our partners 
    and advertisers. This is not linked to any personal information 
    that can identify any individual person. We may partner with 
    another party to provide specific services. When the user signs up
    for these services, we will share names, or other contact 
    information that is necessary for the third party to provide these 
    services. These parties are not allowed to use personally 
    identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these 

As a user it doesn't tell me anything useful that will help me assess what is shared and how. I think it is one of the issues I have with the current terms and services for many services. For example the sentence: "This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person." This doesn't tell me anything. I would prefer to know what information is shared and in which circumstances, and *then* I could assess if it is personal information. 

Another one "We will share names and other contact information". What is other "contact information"?

And "are not allowed to use personally identifiable information" What are the provision you have put in place to check that they would not breach that engagement, is there a regular audit made to do this. Because basically, the company is asking to trust them in handling my data with others, what can you tell me about the way you enforce this.

Karl Dubost - http://dev.opera.com/
Developer Relations, Opera Software
Received on Friday, 9 March 2012 15:40:07 UTC

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