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Do you know what happens to the information you provide online?
Online Policy Primer prepared by Net 303 student, Curtin University of Technology, October 2010
What are ‘Terms of Service’ and privacy statements?
If you have ever used an online service of any kind where you have been required to ‘sign-up’ or register for an account, you most probably would have ticked a box to accept a Terms of Service statement.
Terms of Service - This statement outlines the conditions that the user must abide by when using the website service. It also contains notices about what the site does with the information you provide.
Privacy - Relates to use of your personal information.
By publishing information and content, including your username, on the TripAdvisor website, you give up all rights to that content, and agree that TripAdvisor and its affiliates can: “(a) use, reproduce, modify, adapt, translate, distribute, publish, create derivative works from and publicly display and perform such Submissions throughout the world in any media, now known or hereafter devised; and (b) use the name that you submit in connection with such Submission.” (TripAdvisor website, 2010)
This means your content can be used how and where they choose. This includes your username.
There is a large amount of information about privacy on the website of the Australian Privacy Commissioner: http://www.privacy.gov.au /
They have their own YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TripAdvisor