Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Complications of data ownership

Facebook has created a storm of comment around it's change of ts & cs. Techcrunch illustrates the problems of data ownership in social networks perfectly in a post on the subject. Describing the argument of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Techcrunch writes:

Essentially, he says that the issues are not so cut and dry. When you share your data with someone else, whether it be an email or a photo, it becomes their data as well. You cannot normally rescind data you share with other people in an e-mail. So why should a social network be any different?

But as Techcrunch points out that is tantamount to saying "trust us" - something which becomes harder and harder to do.

UPDATE: Facebook reverts to old Ts & Cs "for now".

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