Web Hosting Articles

  Home arrow Web Hosting Articles arrow Page 2 - You and Your Privacy
Web Hosting Articles  
Web Hosting FAQs  
Web Hosting How-Tos  
Web Hosting News  
Web Hosting Reviews  
Web Hosting Security  
Weekly Newsletter 
Developer Updates  
Free Website Content 
 RSS  Articles
 RSS  Forums
 RSS  All Feeds
Write For Us 
Contact Us 
Site Map 
Privacy Policy 
  >>> SIGN UP!  
  Lost Password? 

You and Your Privacy
By: Bruce Coker
  • Search For More Articles!
  • Disclaimer
  • Author Terms
  • Rating:  stars stars stars stars stars / 0

    Table of Contents:
  • You and Your Privacy
  • Policies in practice
  • Current Policies
  • Taking back control

  • Rate this Article: Poor Best 
      Del.ici.ous Digg
      Blink Simpy
      Google Spurl
      Y! MyWeb Furl
    Email Me Similar Content When Posted
    Add Developer Shed Article Feed To Your Site
    Email Article To Friend
    Print Version Of Article
    PDF Version Of Article




    You and Your Privacy - Policies in practice

    (Page 2 of 4 )

    In any walk of life, the act of collecting and storing information about people carries with it a burden of responsibility. This is as true on the Internet as anywhere else despite the perceived, if illusory, anonymity of the web. In addition to their legal obligations, ISPs and site owners have a moral duty to act responsibly with regard to their visitorsí personal information.

    This duty starts with a privacy policy, the purpose of which is to provide an open declaration of the organization's or siteís information practices. The policy should, as a minimum, state what personal data will be collected, to whom and under what circumstances it may be disclosed, the uses to which it may be put, and what measures are in place to protect it. The policy may also describe any technologies, such as cookies, that the site uses to gather and track personal or behavioral data.

    So should you trust a site that has a privacy policy? Well, itís certainly true to say that itís a good start. It demonstrates that the siteís owners and developers have at least thought about privacy issues and taken the trouble to write down their practices. This much certainly isnít true of every site on the web, many of which still display no policy and continue to take a cavalier attitude towards their visitorsí privacy. However, not all privacy policies are created equal.

    In a recent Guardian article, Wendy Grossman relates the story of a site from which she attempted to buy a light bulb, whose policy claimed the right to keep her informed of a whole range of products and services by email, phone, SMS, picture messaging and any other method you could think of. When questioned, the site in question claimed that their published policy wasnít really an accurate statement of their policy at all, but an off-the-shelf document theyíd used for their own legal protection rather than in the interests of their customers.

    More Web Hosting Articles Articles
    More By Bruce Coker


    - Top Wordpress Plugins for SEO
    - Top Drupal Evaluation and Rating Modules
    - Free Network Monitoring Programs for Max Per...
    - E-store Hosting: Free Options for Beginners
    - Dropbox: The Ultimate File-Sharing and Synci...
    - Reviewing the Best Free Web Hosting Sites
    - Businesses Turn to Reseller Web Hosting for ...
    - Multiple Data Center Hosting
    - Web Hosting Goes Green
    - Web Hosting Technology Overview
    - Collaborate: An Examination of Tools for Gro...
    - Social Networking Security
    - Domain Names 101
    - Top Software to Help Manage Your Websites
    - The Evolution of Phishing

    Developer Shed Affiliates


    © 2003-2019 by Developer Shed. All rights reserved. DS Cluster - Follow our Sitemap