Privacy and user policies…. Google has one; Facebook has one, and so do many other social media platforms and new media companies. Within most privacy policies and user policies on the Internet, there are loopholes that benefit these organisations. Loopholes are “a technicality that allows a person or business to avoid the scope of a law or restriction without directly violating the law.” (Investopedia ULC, 2012).
What does this mean for users?
- · Content you publish might not be kept safe and private.
- · Content has the potential to be reproduced by the organisation.
- · The organisation will not be reliable for monitoring or taking any punishment if you upload offensive or inappropriate content.
As Vikram Kumar (2012) writes in his article, Have a .com web address? Know the legal risks, if you have a domain name which is .com, your website then is subjected to jurisdiction in the US. Ultimately for users in Australia, this means US jurisdiction can take away your domain if even the slightest complaint is made.
Law, policy and governance within new media are something to watch out for. Users must understand the above two insights and develop commonsense to double check their rights within each website they visit.
Kumar, V. 2012. “Have a .com web address? Know the legal risks”. The National Business Review. Accessed May 6, 2012. http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/have-com-web-address-know-legal-risks-ck-113355
Investopedia ULC. 2012. “Loophole.” Accessed May 6, 2012. http://www.investopedia.com/terms/l/loophole.asp#axzz1uALGxjDJ.
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