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NET 303 WordPress_online policy primer

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Online Policy Primer -NET 303- October 21, 2013
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  • kmnet303 Kylie M at Curtin University Hi! Judith,

    Your presentation was effective, well presented and informative. “The methods of gathering information by Advertisers on WordPress.com are not covered in this agreement” (Hogan, 2013). This is a vague clause in WordPress’ privacy policy. Robert’s Twitter policy primer has made a similar point, “Allowing corporations to create and regulate their own privacy policies, as Tene (2008, pp. 1467-1468) notes, subject to numerous problems: they are vague, open to interpretation, and subject to change without notice” (R. Mapson, personal communication, October 20, 2013). Especially, when you compare Google’s privacy policy that has listed the types of information gathered and what it is used for. Although, WordPress does inform the user about their cookies collecting IP addresses and information to recognise your computer, as does Google.

    As you noted on my Google policy primer relating to how much information is gathered and what it can tell about a person “Ms Arnold was recognised by her search words and phrases” (Barbaro and Zeller, 2006). Additionally, you discovered “Google takes this a step further scanning email content (Murphy,2013)” (J. Hogan, personal communication, November 04, 2013). To the students I have shared thoughts on this so far find this is quite alarming.

    A good number of the policies are relatively the same as Google, Twitter, Vimeo and Coursera. In terms of U.S. jurisdiction, copyright, trademarks and account terminations to name a few. As many students have discovered the terms are very one sided and agree with you that “you don’t decide how much and who has ACCESS to your DETAILS” (Hogan, 2013). Do you think the terms of service and privacy policies should have more detail on what they are doing with your information, such as list the third-parties?


    Barbaro, M., & Zeller, T. (August 09, 2006). A Face Is Exposed for AOL Searcher No. 4417749. New York Times. Retrieved October 10, 2013, from http://w2.eff.org/Privacy/AOL/exhibit_d.pdf

    Hogan, J. (2013). Online Policy Primer WordPress.com by Automattic Inc. express Terms of Service (TOS). [Presentation]. Curtin University. Retrieved November 04, 2013, from http://www.slideshare.net/jhexpress
    Tene, O. (2008). What Google knows: Privacy and internet search engines. Utah Law Review, 2008(4), 1433–1492.
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  • ingridkreidler ingridkreidler Hi Judy,

    Thank you for creating this policy primer on Wordpress.com. I enjoyed watching your presentation. Facebook and Wordpress.com are similar because you grant them a royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use any content that you post. Royalty-free means that they (Facebook and Wordpress.com) can use your intellectual property without paying any fees. A non-exclusive license means that also third parties can make use of the content we post. Facebook and Wordpress.com can let someone else use the intellectual property.

    Wordpress.com as well as Facebook can modify or replace any part of the agreement any time they want without previous announcement and it is the user's responsibility to check out periodically for changes.

    People's privacy concern is a serious issue. As you stated in your presentation: 'The right to privacy is the right to decide how much, to whom, and when disclosures about one's stuff are to be made.' (PryLuck, 1976). Everyone should have the freedom to do what one pleases without being monitored by others. Individuals should have the right to be left alone. However, since the rise of photography and sensationalist journalism, privacy has begun to decline.

    Surveillance threatens our privacy. This implies 'new forms of domination in informational capitalism.' (Lyon, 2002) Nowadays a transparency architecture governs online, wherein every user can be watched by others. As Stefanick states, knowledge is key to the exercise of power. In other words 'those who control knowledge have power.' Economy depends on the free flow of information. Companies track users and create profiles of consumers. Consequently, consumers are afraid of losing their privacy and concerned about the transfer of their personal data to third parties by online services platforms.

    Lyon, David. (2002). Everyday Surveillance. Personal data and social classifications. Retrieved from http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk/cyberspace/lyon_ics.pdf

    Stefanick, Lorna. (2011). Controlling Knowledge: Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection in a Networked World. Retrieved from http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120196
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  • 13323606 13323606 great presentation! I like the images and shortish text on the screen makes it easy to read!
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