Policy Primer - YouTube's Terms of Service


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A quick look at YouTube's Terms of Service, to hopefully make people think and read not only YouTube's TOS, but TOS for everything else as well.

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  • Hi Briony,

    Thank you for creating this policy primer on YouTube. I find the content on your slides very accessible for a general audience. YouTube's Terms of Service are very clearly presented. The way you make questions on your presentation with enthusiasm, energy and emotions might move people to reflect on YouTube's Terms of Service. They open the audience's curiosity. Your slides are presented as a story, therefore the audience is more receptive to your presentation.

    My policy primer is for the online service platform Facebook. Before users create a Facebook account, they agree to the Statements of Rights and Responsibilities. On YouTube people may not be aware that they agree to the Terms of Service just by using or visiting the YouTube's website. Moreover, they agree to not only YouTube's Terms of Service, but also Google's Privacy Policy and YouTube Community Guidelines.

    On Facebook and on YouTube, by uploading content, people are giving them the right to use their content in any way they see for profit. The difference is that YouTube have the right to use your content until you delete your video, and Facebook retains your content in backup copies for a reasonable period of time after you delete your content.

    YouTube collects information such as your name, e-mail, address, and also your Device Info, Log Info, Location Info, Local Storage, Cookies and Anonymous Identifiers, but Facebook collects information of you besides when you look at another person's timeline, send or receive a message or search for a friend or page.

    I like how you finish your presentation with a question to YouTube about what they class as invading privacy because their daily job is to invade every single user's privacy. They pretend that users do not monitor other people while they are monitoring us. YouTube and Google are new technologies collecting our personal data. Our lives are getting less private every time. We have to accept that privacy is being fundamentally altered. Collecting user's data is the default setting in cyberspace. 'How should we respond to his change in technology - to these changes in the architecture of cyberspace that yield a world unknown any we have known before.' (Lessig, 1998).

    Lessig, Lawrenece. (1998). The Architecture of Privacy. Retrieved from http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/works/lessig/architecture_priv.pdf
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  • I really enjoyed your Policy Primer. It was concise and highlighted important considerations regarding privacy.
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Policy Primer - YouTube's Terms of Service

  1. 1. Net303 – Policy Primer YouTube's Terms of Service By Briony Wood
  2. 2. Have YOU..... ● Watched a YouTube Video?? ● Accessed the YouTube website?? (Screenshot, 2013) ● ● Created a YouTube account and uploaded content?? Or accessed ANY YouTube products, software, data feeds, or services from the YouTube website?? CHANCES ARE.... you have done one or more of these things! BUT......
  3. 3. But... Have YOU... Read the 'Terms of Service' for YouTube and I mean 'really' read them.... not just skimmed over them briefly... You will find it on the homepage, right down the bottom left hand corner. ( Screenshot, 2013)
  4. 4. Well here are a few highlights to spark your interest to 'really' read them and not just 'skim' over YouTube's Terms of Service (TOS)... So let's dive in....
  5. 5. Getting Started... Firstly, you may not even be aware that you are agreeing to the TOS.... ….just by USING or VISITING the YouTube website, signify's to YouTube that you agree to not only the TOS, but also Google's Privacy Policy and YouTube's Community Guidelines.
  6. 6. Uploaded a video to YouTube?? YouTube makes it clear that “you retain all of your ownership rights”. (Thanks YouTube) HOWEVER.... by uploading content to YouTube... you basically grant them the same rights that you have. Until you delete your video.... they can use YOUR content in any way they see fit, “in any media formats and through any media channels”(YouTube, 2013). ( No biggie... YouTube....it's cool.!)
  7. 7. But moving on.... If you happen to create a YouTube account (because you want to share with the world your adorable cat video)... ... Guess What?? YouTube will not be liable for your losses which may arise from any unauthorized use of your account... HOWEVER.. YOU may be liable for the losses of YouTube or others due to such unauthorized use... (Thanks YouTube... Glad to know you got our back.. !!)
  8. 8. So to clarify... If you are 18 years and over, or an emancipated minor, or are between 13 and 18 years of age and have parental consent, you affirm that you “are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set” out in YouTube's TOS. Alright, so now you know where you stand, in relation to YouTube and your age... we can move on....
  9. 9. Let's take a peek at Google's Privacy Policy.... (Because you agreed to it, when you accessed YouTube, remember?) A privacy policy is needed when a company, organization or group will be collecting information – private information regarding an individual. Why would YouTube/Google want or need to collect your private information?? Well they need to figure out some of the “basic stuff, like which language you speak, to more complex things like which ads you'll find most useful or the people who matter most to you online” (YouTube, 2013). (Because you can't figure out for yourself who matters to YOU.)
  10. 10. And even if you don't want YouTube/Google to figure out the more complex stuff, or even the basic stuff – they are going to do it anyway. Well, the reason that they collect this information is because they want “to provide better services” to you, as well as to every other user. (So thoughtful, YouTube and Google! Thanks!) So how do they collect this information?? Questionnaire?? Again!! Annual Census?? Guess
  11. 11. Two Ways... Fair enough... They collect information from what we give them – like when you sign up for a google account, your name, email and address etc. Not so fair.... They collect information through the use of their services by you. Not just the services that you use, but
  12. 12. Information Collected through the use... ● Device Information ● Log Information ● Location Information ● Unique application numbers ● Local Storage ● Cookies and anonymous identifiers For expanded commentary on each of these check out http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/pr ivacy/
  13. 13. So how do they use this info?? Well, firstly they state “We use the information we collect from all of our services to provide, maintain, protect and improve them, to develop new ones, and to protect Google and our users.” (YouTube, 2013) However, they also state “We may use the name you provide for you Google Profile across all of the services we offer that require a Google Account. In addition, we may replace past names associated with your Google Account so that you are represented consistently across all our services. If other users already have your email, or other information that identifies you, we may show them your publicly visible Google Profile information, such as your name and photo”. (YouTube, 2013)
  14. 14. So basically Google and YouTube will make the decision on how YOU are represented across their different services – based on information you give them and information they collect on what you use and how you use them. (Obviously, it does not matter if you personally, don't want to represented consistently across the board.)
  15. 15. Community Guidelines YouTube's Community Guidelines are pretty straightforward and simple. For example they ask that you: ● ● ● Don't post videos showing bad stuff like animal abuse, drug or substance abuse, or bomb making. Don't post gross-out videos of accidents, dead bodies and similar things. Don't post video's containing hate speech. A full list can be found here http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines
  16. 16. Just one last thing... As part of YouTube's community guidelines they state “There is zero tolerance for predatory behaviour, stalking, threats, harassment, invading privacy, or the revealing of other members' personal information. Anyone caught doing these things may be permanently banned from YouTube.” (YouTube, 2013) So the question I have is YouTube, what exactly do you class as invading privacy – because it sure seems like you make a day job out of invading every single user's privacy??
  17. 17. References Privacy Policy. (2013). YouTube. Retrieved from http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/ Terms of Service. (2013). YouTube. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/t/terms YouTube Community Guidelines. (2013). YouTube. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines?hl=en-GB&gl=AU
  18. 18. I hope this little presentation has made you more aware and sparked your curiosity and makes you think about exactly what your agreeing to, when you click the mouse on the box, making the little 'tick' come up – it is just one click – but that one click can be more complicated than you ever imagined. THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK, AND MAKE THE TICK!