Do you read privacy policies before joining social sites?
You need to know that social network sites collect information about you by tracking where you go, what you click on, which other websites you visit after leaving the social site.
‘Why the need to read policies?’ you might be asking yourself…. continue read you will find why. Policies help you understand what the site you are visiting covers and if it has interaction with third party applications, what does it cover there. Example if you are playing Candy Crush on Facebook, before you start playing… it will ask for information from Facebook to connect you. Candy Crush is a the Third party app, so reading the policy will let you know what Facebook has about such apps. And when you authorize Candy Crush to access your information, you should also read it’s policy to under what it does with that information it received from Facebook.
Start at the end:
Canceling your account:
You would want to know what happens if you decide to leave your job before you take it, right? It is the same here. If you decide to leave the social network, can you delete the account and remove all of your information? Can all data be removed entirely or will some information be maintained by the social site? Be aware that some social sites may make it difficult or confusing to cancel an account and instead direct dissatisfied users to “deactivate” accounts, particular you get fired.
Storage of personal Information:
Also find out how long is personal information stored when you leave the site? Note that some information may be made ‘anonymous’ after a certain period of time, some may be deleted entirely after a certain period of time, and some may be maintained in perpetuity.
Read the Facebook Data Policy here.
Who owns the data that a user posts? Does a user lose rights to information that he or she posts? Can it be used by marketers without the user’s explicit consent? For example, can a user’s name and photos be used for advertisements? Instagram is one of the social sites that sales user’s images for advertisement and keep the dime.
Here is a link to Yahoo’s policy and it has addresses where you can complain.
Communication of Privacy Changes
Most times Tech and social sites tend to call press conferences and post blogs to notify the public about the changes in the policy.
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