More Simply Put

Almost distracting, on the far right hand column of the Terms of Service of Pinterest, are boxes stating  “More Simply Put”. These boxes attempt to simplify the verbiage of their policies such as what you can pin, privacy, copyright, etc.  The next tab over you discover what information they acquire and what they do with it. They remind you as a consumer that you voluntarily provide your information to them such as name, photo, etc. along with pins, cookies, log data, any Pinterest symbol outside of their website that you visit, etc. Also noted if you use your cell phone you are providing your location along with device information. And finally if your Pinterest is linked with sites such as Facebook and Twitter,  they are privy to all of your personal information found on those sites as well.  As for the issue of security, they claim to “care about the security of our users” but they don’t provide much detail of specific measures they take and they offer no guarantee that outside parties don’t pose a threat; they just ask for you to contact them.  This is a bit unnerving due to all of the information they appear to collect which makes the consumer’s information quite vulnerable.

You will discover in the Terms of Service, Pinterest uses the word “choose” such as “you can also choose”. I think it’s important to understand that you don’t necessarily have much of a choice regarding access to your information; the real choice is whether you will sign up or not.

JB

Terms Shmerms

Currently, the social media platform I tend to use the most is YouTube; thus, I decided to read their Terms of Service so that I understand a bit more what I’m getting into when I click “Agree”.

What did I find, you ask? Well, YouTube blatantly exempts itself of any responsibilities regarding the harm (of any nature) that may occur to its users. The site, purchased by Google in 2006 for $1.65 billion, “assumes no liability or responsibility for any unauthorized access to or use of [their] secure servers and/or any and all personal/financial information stored therein”. They also state that they will not be held accountable if any bugs or viruses are transmitted through their servers by a third party.

wait-what

Essentially, if hackers get into the servers at YouTube and access your personal information, you won’t be able to sue YouTube. They will wipe their hands clean of any responsibility because you “knowingly” accepted.

On one hand, I do understand that to a certain extent YouTube should protect itself against the potential millions of lawsuits that could occur if somehow there was a breach within their technology. Though, on the other hand, it seems to me that they are solely interested in protecting themselves and not really the information of their users (which are responsible for the success of the site). With that being said, I’m sure you encounter the same dilemma that I do: Do I stop using their service(s) because they require me to agree that I won’t blame them if somehow my information is harmed or stolen; or do I continue to use their service, which I love, with the acknowledgement that I am willingly putting myself at risk? Embarrassingly enough, I’ll go with the latter option for now.

^JM

Terms and Conditions May Apply

When we sign up for a new social media account most of us scroll right past the terms and privacy policy and go straight to “accept.” We then upload our photos and begin making posts right away, but what have we just agreed to? I read the privacy policy for the Instagram app, and wasn’t surprised at first, but as I kept reading I found I was agreeing to a lot more than I initially thought. Some things that didn’t surprise me were that Instagram collects your personal information such as your name, number, and photos you post, which is fine, but who is getting this information? They say they “won’t rent or sell your information without consent” that is except for businesses they work with, third party advertising partners, and third parties that are “service providers.” As well as sharing your information if there is a legal request, even if it is from outside of the United States. They also state they cannot ensure the security of your information. Oh and keep in mind they are free to change or update these terms at any time without letting you know, so “make sure to re read them periodically.”

The New Device Offered By Struggling Blackberry Is Hideous Looking — I Must Have One!

Arguably the first to arrive on the scene with early versions of what we now call smartphones, Blackberry was the only game in town. But along came apple, and shortly after that, Android. Rather than keep up, Blackberry relied on laurels and enterprise platform that, still, boast the best security out there. It wasn’t enough and the company floundered for the past decade just trying to play catch up. It seems they might have finally emerged out of their rut with the Passport smartphone.

The device is one big hunk of phone. Nothing terribly streamlined about it, however, it’s combination of touch screen and a physical qwerty keyboard that, get this, is also a touch feature, bundled with strong enterprise platform makes this look like the phone to own. Especially for business. But let’s not kid ourselves, the true reason to own this device is not for the functionality and features, it’s so you can piss off both the Apple and Android weenies.

http://www.zdnet.com/pictures/blackberry-passport-review-worlds-best-qwerty-in-a-uniquely-functional-form-factor/

Five Days Without Facebook