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Are Data-Use Policies Useless?

ONLINE PRIVACY

January 7, 2014

In an op-ed for Ars Technica, Casey Johnston questions whether the recent hack of Snapchat and the company’s allegedly questionable data security practices shows how data-use policies fail. Privacy policies and terms of use “make plenty of promises about all of the third-party evils they will protect our data from,” Johnston writes, “But those policies contain few limits on what the companies themselves can do with our info or how they will secure it.” Meanwhile, The Hill reports that Snapchat has hired lobbyists in Washington, DC, to work on “educating policymakers regarding the application’s operation and practice.” According to The Guardian, the integration of Google+ into its Android operating system “has made it too easy for users to leak personal information.” And in a column for Computerworld, Evan Schuman looks into what app developers should include in their mobile privacy policies.
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