Posts Tagged ‘Privacy Policy’

“How to Read a Privacy Policy” published in IAPP newsletter

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009


We’re pleased to announce that our report, “How to Read a Privacy Policy,” has been published in the October newsletter of Inside 1to1: Privacy, a publication produced by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and the Peppers & Rogers Group.

Our report, first published on our website in July, provides a “how to read” guide for the user who is curious about what is happening to his or her data online, but has little understanding of the technological and legal mechanisms at work.  The report walks through seven questions meant to pinpoint the issues CDP believes are most crucial for a user’s privacy, from questions on how “personal information” is defined to the kind of choices offered to users regarding how their information is shared.

We’d love to hear what you think!

Welcome to our guided tour of online privacy policies!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

We’ve just published our report, “How to Read a Privacy Policy” on our website.  You may have seen some of the blog posts we wrote summarizing each section, but you can now find all the sections together here.

There are other privacy policy analyses out there: Privacy International’s 2007 report describing privacy practices of major companies in general and Know Privacy, a research project created by students from the UC Berkeley School of Information that compares user expectations with data collection methods today for policymakers and website operators.

But we thought there was room for one more, one that takes the web user on a guided tour of that inscrutable document, the online privacy policy, and explains what issues she should keep in mind.  We walk through the privacy policies of companies like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and Amazon, as of June 2009, and explain what they’re promising and what they’re not.

A quick visual of how privacy policies stack up next to each other, literally. See it bigger.

Questions or comments?  Please let us know!

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