Net 213 Policy Primer

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A superficial take on Twitter's terms of service, in order to create awareness among younger internet users about the importance of actively participating in the well-being of their rights and privacy.

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Net 213 Policy Primer

  1. 1. Net 213 Policy Primer<br />Chea Hwey Yea<br />
  2. 2. How long did it take you to register your Twitter account?<br />
  3. 3. Not very long, I’m sure.<br />
  4. 4. Did you happen to <br />read through their <br />Terms of Service (ToS)?<br />https://twitter.com/tos<br />
  5. 5. If you did, good for you!<br />
  6. 6. If you didn&apos;t, oh boy, <br />are you missing out!<br />
  7. 7. That&apos;s because they explain...<br />
  8. 8. who owns your tweets, and…<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  9. 9. how your privacy is protected<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  10. 10. Let&apos;s put <br />Twitter’s ToS <br />under the <br />microscope<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  11. 11. Twitter’s ToS: <br />Copyright & Ownership<br />A summary…<br />
  12. 12. 1. You own what you post on their service. Therefore… <br />lumaxart.com<br />
  13. 13. 2. You are solely responsible for what you tweet, not Twitter.<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  14. 14. 3. By using their services, Twitter is authorized to publish your tweets.<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  15. 15. That means, they can do anything they want with it and they don’t have to pay you to use it.<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  16. 16. 4. You also agree to allow Twitter to share your tweets with other entities<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  17. 17. What does this mean to you?<br />
  18. 18. You are held accountable for <br />what you post.<br />
  19. 19. In March 09, Courtney Love tweeted about how she was overcharged for custom clothing.<br />http://bit.ly/suedfortweet<br />
  20. 20. The designer wasn’t pleased, so Courtney <br />got sued. <br />(Gardner, 2009)<br />http://bit.ly/suedfortweet<br />
  21. 21. In July 09, a woman from Chicago tweeted to her 20 followers about the mold in her apartment<br />http://bit.ly/ewwmold<br />
  22. 22. &quot;Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon realty thinks it&apos;s okay.“<br />(Masnick, 2009)<br />http://bit.ly/ewwmold<br />
  23. 23. The company sued.<br />http://bit.ly/ewwmold<br />
  24. 24. Of course, there’s the question of the extent to which one can be defamed, all within 140 characters or less (Gardner, 2009).<br />
  25. 25. But I guess it would probably be a good idea to not do these on Twitter: <br />defame someone<br />implicate yourself in criminal activities<br />making death threats<br />and anything that could get you in trouble<br />
  26. 26. You grant Twitter a license <br />to publish your tweets<br />
  27. 27. By submitting tweets to Twitter, <br />“you grant [Twitter] a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to…<br />
  28. 28. “… use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute” your tweets anywhere.<br />
  29. 29. It “includes the right for Twitter to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with Twitter…<br />
  30. 30. “… for the syndication, broadcast, distribution or publication of such Content on other media and services, subject to [Twitter’s] terms and conditions for such Content use.”<br />
  31. 31. I’m aware you lot are a creative bunch. <br />lumaxart.com<br />
  32. 32. But if you find your tweets being used elsewhere…<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  33. 33. know that it may not necessarily be an infringement of your copyright.<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  34. 34. Twitter may have sublicensed it to them.<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  35. 35. But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be aware of your rights.<br />
  36. 36. What you can ask, and what they should do, is to credit you as the owner of the content.<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  37. 37. Like what they’re doing at Twitter Tees.<br />http://twitter.threadless.com<br />
  38. 38. Twitter Tees<br />Tweets printed on tees. <br />A project by Threadless and Twitter.<br />http://twitter.threadless.com/about<br />
  39. 39. “by <br />@cleversimon”<br />http://bit.ly/pooping<br />
  40. 40. “by @thepaulgreen”<br />http://bit.ly/tweetmyfbook<br />
  41. 41. “by @pud”<br />http://bit.ly/youequalwaterlost<br />
  42. 42. Twitter’s ToS: <br />Privacy Policy<br />A summary…<br />https://twitter.com/privacy<br />
  43. 43. 1. It’s okay for them to collect personally identifiable information about you<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  44. 44. 2. It’s okay for them to log your browsing activities<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  45. 45. 3. It’s okay for them to sell or share your information with third parties…<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  46. 46. which includes; mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations; <br />sale of assets; or bankruptcy…<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  47. 47. What does this mean to you?<br />
  48. 48. It’s okay for them to sell or share your information with third parties…<br />
  49. 49. Twitter’s policy doesn’t require them to inform users, should they decide to sell your information. <br />lumaxart.com<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  50. 50. However, it states that you can opt out of the transfer, if…<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  51. 51. the buyer’s use of your information were substantially different from Twitter’s policy.<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  52. 52. What I’m puzzled about is…<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  53. 53. how likely is it, that you would be aware of how your information was going to be used…<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  54. 54. much less be at the ready to opt out of <br />the transfer,<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  55. 55. if Twitter isn’t obligated <br />to notify you?<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  56. 56. It’s okay for them to collect personally identifiable information about you and log your browsing activities<br />
  57. 57. Twitter’s policy <br />doesn’t stipulate <br />how long <br />they can store your information.<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  58. 58. months, <br />days, <br />years, <br />forever…<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  59. 59. In the event of a security breach, <br />you could be compromised.<br />
  60. 60. All the data they have compiled <br />under your username <br />would’ve been exposed.<br />
  61. 61. More often than not, <br />these information can reveal a lot about someone.<br />Even their identity.<br />(Barbarro & Zeller Jr., 2006)<br />
  62. 62. Studies show that people don’t seem to value their privacy as much, on the internet.<br />(Goettke & Christiana ,2007; Introna, 1997)<br />
  63. 63. A man tweeted about how he was leaving for a holiday spot, faraway from his home.<br />http://bit.ly/ransacked<br />
  64. 64. When his trip ended, he found his home burglarized. <br />(Allen, 2009)<br />http://bit.ly/ransacked<br />
  65. 65. It’s not just about Twitter <br />knowing too much about you,<br />
  66. 66. it’s also about putting <br />too much information out there.<br />
  67. 67. Be aware of your privacy.<br />
  68. 68. I hope I’ve highlighted a few things that could be useful to you, and…<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  69. 69. prompted you to think about how you would want your information handled and protected.<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  70. 70. Thank you for watching.<br /> Chea Hwey<br />lumaxart.com<br />
  71. 71. References:<br /><ul><li>Allen, A. W. (2009). Could Twittering about your vacation put your home at risk? USA Today. Retrieved October 2, 2009, from http://bit.ly/burglarized
  72. 72. Barbarro, M. & Zeller Jr., T. (2006). A face is exposed for AOL searcher no. 4417749. The New York Times. Retrieved October 3, 2009, from http://bit.ly/aoluserexposed
  73. 73. Gardner, E. (2009). Courtney Love becomes first celebrity sued for Twitter defamation. Retrieved October 2, 2009, from http://bit.ly/courtneysued</li></li></ul><li>References:<br /><ul><li>Goettke, R., & Christiana, J. (2007). Privacy and Online Social Networking Websites. Computer Science 199r: Special Topics in Computer Science Computation and Society: Privacy and</li></ul>Technology. Retrieved October 2, 2009, from http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/cs199r/fp/RichJoe.pdf <br /><ul><li>Introna, L.D. (1997). Privacy and the computer: why we need privacy in the information society. Metaphilosophy. 28(3), 259-75.
  74. 74. Masnick, M. (2009). Sued Over Twitter Message? Can You Defame Someone In 140 Characters Or Less? Techdirt. Retrieved October 2,</li></li></ul><li>References:<br />2009, from http://bit.ly/moldyroom<br /><ul><li>Twitter Privacy Policy. (2007). Retrieved September 30, 2009, from https://twitter.com/privacy
  75. 75. Twitter Terms of Service. (2009). Retrieved September 30, 2009, from http://twitter.com/terms
  76. 76. Twitter Tees. (n.d.). Retrieved October 2, 2009, from http://twitter.threadless.com/</li>

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