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Alternative to the Privacy Policy, An Avatar?

ONLINE PRIVACY

January 30, 2012

The problem with privacy policies, say many experts, is that people don't read them, and while the broad privacy policy is important--forcing companies to think about how they treat information and providing accountability, notes director of the Future of Privacy Forum Jules Polonetsky--a San Francisco Chronicle report explores other options, including restricting the collection and sharing of personal information and the privacy icon. Ryan Calo of Stanford's Center for Internet and Society suggests the appearance of an avatar when Internet users are being tracked or monitored might be an appropriate solution, citing studies that show people are more likely to pay for coffee on the honor system when a picture of eyes is nearby. "Experience as a form of privacy disclosure is worthy of further study before we give in to calls to abandon notice," he says.
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