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Document-Sharing Service Changes Privacy Defaults

CONSUMER PRIVACY

September 30, 2010

Media Post reports on changes that document-sharing service Scribd made to its privacy defaults this week. Earlier this year, the company deployed its Readcast feature, which broadcasts the documents individuals download to other Scribd users, the report states. The feature used an opt-out default until this week, when Scribd changed its default setting to opt in. Santa Clara University law Prof. Eric Goldman discussed the former opt-out setting in a recent blog, saying he didn't feel he received adequate notice and that "People don't want to automatically publicly announce the documents they are reading."
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