Terms of Use                             Image source: Slideshare, 2012Karen Meyer – 14703694NET303 – Internet Politics & ...
You are                                 currently visiting                                  the Slideshare                ...
You have just                                 agreed to their                                 Terms of UseImage source: Sl...
You have just                                   agreed to their                                   Terms of Use  Image sour...
“BY USING AND/OR VISITING THE                                 SITE AND/OR LINKING TO ANY                                 F...
“BY USING AND/OR VISITING THE   SITE AND/OR LINKING TO ANY   FILE RESIDING ON ANY OTHER   SITE THAT IS ACCESSED VIA THE   ...
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PLUSThese terms can change atany timeYou won’t be notifiedYou need to keep checkingthem
So what have you agreed to?Image source: Slideshare, 2012
So what have you agreed to?                                 If you are under 13 years of                                 a...
If you are under 18 years of                                 age –you need to ask a                                 parent...
If you are over 18 and deemed                                 competent then you’re good to                               ...
You agree you “may find                                 content objectionable,                                 inappropria...
You cannot                                 use,   copy,    reproduce,      distribute, transmit,                          ...
You cannot                                 use,   copy,    reproduce,      distribute, transmit,                          ...
However you grant Slideshare                                 the right to:                                 use,   copy,   ...
You also grant users of                                 Slideshare the right to:                                 use,   co...
……..HOLD ON                                  We just agreed that we                                  wouldn’t do that…..re...
That’s a little confusing……Image source: Slideshare, 2012
If you decide to join Slideshare                                 You can upload content for                               ...
As long is the content is not                                 “abusive, offensive, harmful,                               ...
As long is the content is not                                 “abusive, offensive, harmful,                               ...
And you can’t advertise                                 anythingImage source: Slideshare, 2012
And you can’t advertise                                 anythingImage source: Slideshare, 2012                            ...
Slideshare does not guarantee                                 any security of you contentImage source: Slideshare, 2012
Slideshare does not guarantee                                 any security of you content                                 ...
You must follow all copyright                                 laws when submitting contentImage source: Slideshare, 2012
You must follow all copyright                                 laws when submitting content                                ...
You must follow all copyright                                 laws when submitting content                                ...
“unlawful, obscene,                                 defamatory, libelous,                                 threatening, por...
“unlawful, obscene, defamatory                                       , libelous, threatening, pornogr                     ...
But even if you do                                 Slideshare are in no way liableImage source: Slideshare, 2012
“When you are online you                                 provide information to others at                                 ...
When you register with                                 Slideshare you provide them                                 with pe...
When you register with                                 Slideshare you provide them                                 with pe...
They will not share these                                 details with third parties withoutImage source: Slideshare, 2012...
They will not share these                                 details with third parties withoutImage source: Slideshare, 2012...
They will not share these                                 details with third parties withoutImage source: Slideshare, 2012...
They will not share these                                 details with third parties withoutImage source: Slideshare, 2012...
They may use it to contact youImage source: Slideshare, 2012
You can change it anytime.                                 But you can’t delete itImage source: Slideshare, 2012   complet...
Every time you visit Slideshare                                 (even if just a visitor) they will                        ...
This is NOT kept with your                                 name and personal details if                                 yo...
Slideshare MAY share these                                 details with third partiesImage source: Slideshare, 2012
An AOL release of this type of                                 data resulted in people being                              ...
This sharing could include                                 those third parties advertising                                ...
This could mean that you could                                 have ads targeted towards you                              ...
You are                                 currently visiting                                  the Slideshare                ...
You have just                                   agreed to their                                   Terms of Use  Image sour...
Are you                                 comfortable withImage source: Slideshare, 2012                                    ...
References:                                 Barbaro, M., & Zeller, T. (2006) A Face Is                                 Exp...
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Policy Primer - Being aware of Terms of Use

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Are you aware of the terms of use for Slideshare? Just by being on this page you have agreed to them. Find out what you have agreed to.

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  • Hi Karen



    Your presentation on Slideshare is structured, easy to read and navigate. It perplexed me concerning the clause on Slideshare TOS where use of Site for personal or business is permitted but “abusive, offensive, harmful, infringing or spammy material is not permitted.” While you may be able to apply common- sense for the above criteria but “spammy” is subjective and they can interpret it the way they want. They further stipulate they can take down any content “for any reason”. I argue this is open-ended to protect Slideshare (Slideshare, 2012). They should define the meaning of each criteria.

    Slideshare is synonymous to Facebook concerning ownership of content. When you sign up you are required to provide accurate personal information, you grant non-exclusive irrevocable, perpetual right to them to transfer, sub-license, royalty-free and global licence to use your content even after you quit (Schroder, 2009). The above condition is reflected in Slideshare’s TOS. Further, any child under 13 cannot access Slideshare. Similarly, a child age 13 can access Facebook but no verification is required. I argue in both instances age 13 is too young to understand the TOS secondly, given some of the information posted it could send wrong messages to children at this age.

    Facebook, Slideshare and Google, emphasized they will provide notification if they use your personal information, transfer, sell or merger. I doubt this has been put into practice. Moreover all three sites can modify their TOS or remove your content without notification, instead, you should check for any change. Therefore what you have signed is not what you signed for due to future changes. In essence you do not know what you are signing. I argue TOS is bias. Governments need to intervene and rectify the inequality.



    References:



    Facebook, (June 8, 2012a). Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Retrieved from: http://www.facebook.com/legal/terms



    Gmail Program Policies, (2008). Retrieved from: https://mail.google.com/mail/help/intl/en/program_policies.html



    Meyer, K (2012). Policy Primer Slideshare – TOS. Retrieved from: http://www.slideshare.net/KAMeyer70/policy-primer-being-aware-of-terms-of-use



    Schroder, S. (February 20, 2009). Facebook: All Your Stuff is Ours, Even if You Quit. Retrieved from: http://mashable.com/2009/02/16/facebook-tos-privacy/



    Slideshare. Slideshare (2012) Terms of Use. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net.terms



    Ting, L. (2012). Facebook Policy Primer – Term of Service (TOS). Retrieved from: http://www.slideshare.net/lkwting/facebook-policy-primer-term-of-use-tos-by-lkw-ting-net303a2klw-ting
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  • I really like this presentation as it consists of a simple design and information is presented clearly making it easy to follow and read through quickly. Highlighting important aspects in red and using arrows and circles is very effective.

    The fact that terms can be changed at any time without notification also applies to the privacy policy of Meetup as it states that Meetup has the right to modify or discontinue their service at any time with no notice (Alba, 2012; Meetup, 2010). Although the TOS and privacy policy is updated I believe that it is unfair that we are not guaranteed to be informed of these changes via email. How can we continously read through all the terms and how do we know what has been changed?

    By reading through various TOS, I came to realise that misleading and vague terms are often used such as words you highlighted including 'spammy' and 'otherwise inappropriate' in relation to what can be published. This confirms that platforms are designed to control information and take advantage of consumers in order for companies to benefit. The fact that companies exclude themselves from responsibilities and allow few rights to the consumer makes it much easier for them to provide such a service. If these services were held responsible for things which can go wrong, it would mean a lot more work for them which means that it just wouldn’t make it worthwhile to provide the service.

    Overall, based on this presentation and additional research I have come to understand that many services function in a similar way and that is, in one way or another our information is controlled and used for others to make money (Pentland, 2011). As pointed out by Brown and Muchira (2004), many do not think twice when providing information online. Although these services can provide a useful facility to the consumer, it is important for consumers to be aware of limitations and of how information is used (Christiana and Goettke, 2007).

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    Alba, A. (2012). Exporing the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy of meetup.com. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/intlfriends/net303-policy-primer-14841635

    Brown, M., & Muchira, R. (2004). Investigating the Relationship between Internet Privacy Concern and Online Purchase Behavior. Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, 591), 62-70. Retrieved from: http://www.csulb.edu/web/journals/jecr/issues/20041/Paper6.pdf

    Christiana, J. & Goettke, R. (2007). Privacy and Online Social Networking Websites. Retrieved from http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/cs199r/fp/RichJoe.pdf

    Meetup. (2010). Privacy Policy Statement. Retrieved from http://www.meetup.com/privacy/

    Meyer, K. (2012). Policy Primer - Being aware of Terms of Use. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/KAMeyer70/policy-primer-being-aware-of-terms-of-use

    Pentland, A. S. (2011). Should social media users retain ownership of their personal data? Retrieved from http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/social-media-retain-ownership-data
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  • Thanks Michael, looking at some other primers it's been interesting to see the term 'spammy' used in some other TOS. I agree it is very subjective and could really cover anything. It seems that most TOS will cover off on just about anything in general terms in case something comes back to bite them late. Slideshare also uses 'otherwise inappropriate' at the end of their definition of what can't be published, just to cover all bases. Another very subjective term.
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  • Hi Karen, picking up on the inconsistencies in the 'copying, reproducing, distributing etc' clause was quite interesting and is something I'd missed myself while going through the TOS. I completely agree with the observation about 'spammy' content - it is wholly subjective and basically meaningless without any kind of context. I also completely agree with your points regarding use of advertising and the safety of personal data with regards to Slideshare itself and any third parties.

    Well done!
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  1. 1. Terms of Use Image source: Slideshare, 2012Karen Meyer – 14703694NET303 – Internet Politics & Power
  2. 2. You are currently visiting the Slideshare websiteImage source: Slideshare, 2012 (or viewing content hosted by Slideshare)
  3. 3. You have just agreed to their Terms of UseImage source: Slideshare, 2012
  4. 4. You have just agreed to their Terms of Use Image source: Slideshare, 2012EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY HAVE NEVER SEEN THEM
  5. 5. “BY USING AND/OR VISITING THE SITE AND/OR LINKING TO ANY FILE RESIDING ON ANY OTHER SITE THAT IS ACCESSED VIA THE SITE, YOU GIVE YOUR ASSENT TO BOTH THESE TERMS OF SERVICE AND TO SLIDESHARES PRIVACY POLICY, WHICH IS INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE.”Image source: Slideshare, 2012 - SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/terms)
  6. 6. “BY USING AND/OR VISITING THE SITE AND/OR LINKING TO ANY FILE RESIDING ON ANY OTHER SITE THAT IS ACCESSED VIA THE SITE, YOU GIVE YOUR ASSENT TO BOTH THESE TERMS OF SERVICE AND TO SLIDESHARES PRIVACY POLICY, WHICH IS INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE.” - SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/terms)Just by visiting the site
  7. 7. PLUS
  8. 8. PLUSThese terms can change atany timeYou won’t be notifiedYou need to keep checkingthem
  9. 9. So what have you agreed to?Image source: Slideshare, 2012
  10. 10. So what have you agreed to? If you are under 13 years of age –you shouldn’t be here. Sorry – you’ll need to goImage source: Slideshare, 2012
  11. 11. If you are under 18 years of age –you need to ask a parent/guardian if you can be here.Image source: Slideshare, 2012 Off you go – we’ll wait for you
  12. 12. If you are over 18 and deemed competent then you’re good to go.Image source: Slideshare, 2012
  13. 13. You agree you “may find content objectionable, inappropriate or offensive”. - SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/terms) Slideshare takes no responsibility for content uploaded to it’s site.Image source: Slideshare, 2012
  14. 14. You cannot use, copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, or otherwise exploit the presentations for any other purposeImage source: Slideshare, 2012
  15. 15. You cannot use, copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, or otherwise exploit the presentations for any other purpose Without asking Slideshare orImage source: Slideshare, 2012 the owner of the presentation first
  16. 16. However you grant Slideshare the right to: use, copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, or otherwise exploit your presentations for any other purposeImage source: Slideshare, 2012 With a “worldwide, non- exclusive, royalty- free, sublicenseable and transferable license”. - SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/terms)
  17. 17. You also grant users of Slideshare the right to: use, copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, or otherwise exploit your presentations for any other purposeImage source: Slideshare, 2012 By giving them a “non- exclusive license to access your Submissions through the Site”. - SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/terms)
  18. 18. ……..HOLD ON We just agreed that we wouldn’t do that…..remember page 14 You cannotImage source: Slideshare, 2012 use, copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, or otherwise exploit the presentations for any other purpose Without asking Slideshare or the owner of the presentation first
  19. 19. That’s a little confusing……Image source: Slideshare, 2012
  20. 20. If you decide to join Slideshare You can upload content for personal or business useImage source: Slideshare, 2012
  21. 21. As long is the content is not “abusive, offensive, harmful, infringing or spammy” - SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/terms)Image source: Slideshare, 2012
  22. 22. As long is the content is not “abusive, offensive, harmful, infringing or spammy” - SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/terms)Image source: Slideshare, 2012 ?
  23. 23. And you can’t advertise anythingImage source: Slideshare, 2012
  24. 24. And you can’t advertise anythingImage source: Slideshare, 2012 But you agree Slideshare can advertise next to your presentations.
  25. 25. Slideshare does not guarantee any security of you contentImage source: Slideshare, 2012
  26. 26. Slideshare does not guarantee any security of you content And takes no responsibility if it is not stored correctly or is deleted.Image source: Slideshare, 2012
  27. 27. You must follow all copyright laws when submitting contentImage source: Slideshare, 2012
  28. 28. You must follow all copyright laws when submitting content You cannot publish anything that is false or misleadingImage source: Slideshare, 2012
  29. 29. You must follow all copyright laws when submitting content You cannot publish anything that is false or misleadingImage source: Slideshare, 2012 Or publish anything……
  30. 30. “unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that wouldImage source: Slideshare, 2012 be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or is otherwise inappropriate.” - SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/terms)
  31. 31. “unlawful, obscene, defamatory , libelous, threatening, pornogr aphic, harassing, hateful, racial ly or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal Image source: Slideshare, 2012 offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or isCovers pretty much otherwise inappropriate.”anything – just incase - SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/terms)
  32. 32. But even if you do Slideshare are in no way liableImage source: Slideshare, 2012
  33. 33. “When you are online you provide information to others at almost every step of the way.” - Privacy and the Internet (2008)Image source: Slideshare, 2012
  34. 34. When you register with Slideshare you provide them with personal detailsImage source: Slideshare, 2012
  35. 35. When you register with Slideshare you provide them with personal details This includes your real name, address, phone, emailImage source: Slideshare, 2012
  36. 36. They will not share these details with third parties withoutImage source: Slideshare, 2012 asking you first.
  37. 37. They will not share these details with third parties withoutImage source: Slideshare, 2012 asking you first.
  38. 38. They will not share these details with third parties withoutImage source: Slideshare, 2012 asking you first.
  39. 39. They will not share these details with third parties withoutImage source: Slideshare, 2012 asking you first.
  40. 40. They may use it to contact youImage source: Slideshare, 2012
  41. 41. You can change it anytime. But you can’t delete itImage source: Slideshare, 2012 completely without losing your account.
  42. 42. Every time you visit Slideshare (even if just a visitor) they will record Your IP address, browser type, the webpage you wereImage source: Slideshare, 2012 on before arriving, what pages you visit , how long you visit, and the date and time you visited.
  43. 43. This is NOT kept with your name and personal details if you are a member.Image source: Slideshare, 2012
  44. 44. Slideshare MAY share these details with third partiesImage source: Slideshare, 2012
  45. 45. An AOL release of this type of data resulted in people being able to be identified as a result of their search content – Barboro & Zeller (200) Could this invade your privacy?Image source: Slideshare, 2012
  46. 46. This sharing could include those third parties advertising on their websiteImage source: Slideshare, 2012
  47. 47. This could mean that you could have ads targeted towards you as a specific result of what you are viewing - Privacy and the Internet (2008)Image source: Slideshare, 2012 Are you comfortable with that?
  48. 48. You are currently visiting the Slideshare websiteImage source: Slideshare, 2012 (or viewing content hosted by Slideshare)
  49. 49. You have just agreed to their Terms of Use Image source: Slideshare, 2012EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY HAVE NEVER SEEN THEM
  50. 50. Are you comfortable withImage source: Slideshare, 2012 that ?
  51. 51. References: Barbaro, M., & Zeller, T. (2006) A Face Is Exposed for AOL Searcher No. 4417749. New York Times. Retrieved from http://w2.eff.org/Privacy/AOL/exhibit_d.pdf Privacy and the Internet (2008) Travelling in Cyberspace Safely. Retreived from http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs18-cyb.htmImage source: Slideshare, 2012 Slideshare (2012) Terms of Use. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net.terms Youtube (2012) Terms of Service. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/t/terms

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