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What are the main points of the privacy policies of some well-known SNSs ? Just read their agreement statements and fill in the table with everything that seems interesting to you and that you would like to share with the rest.


Main points of its privacy policy


  • Facebook is a licensee of the TRUSTe Privacy Program which reviews it's practices.
  • Information collected on Facebook entails 2 types: personal, such as the individuals name, e-mail address, telephone number, gender etc..   and web site use information such as  browser type, IP address.
  • Facebook makes it clear that although  an individual may set privacy options, no security measures are perfect, and as such , they cannot control the actions of other Users with whom an individual may choose to share pages and information, such  as if others have stored or copied user content. Facebook does however stipulate in the policy that any improper misuse of information provided on Facebook is a violation of the Terms of Service and should be reported to the privacy@ facebook.com.
  • If a user chooses to utilize  the Facebook invitation, Facebook  will automatically send the user's friend an instant message inviting him or her to visit the site. By using Facebook one is consenting to having personal data transferred and processed in the United States.
  • In regards to children under age 13, Facebook does not knowingly collect information for such persons to register. No one under age 13 may provide any personal information, and in the event a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent does participate, they will delete their information.
  • In relation to children between the ages  13-18 years, Facebook recommends that minors over the age of 13 ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves over the internet. In regards to facebook sharing information with third parties, they state that they do not provide contact information to third party marketers without the user's permission.
  • The information with third parties is shared in limited circimstances such as, when legally required, permitted by the user, and reasonably necessary to offer the service. Facebook does limit access to site information by third party search engines "crawlers" (e.g. Google, Yahoo) and takes action to block access by these engines to personal information beyond an individual's name, profile picture and limited aggregated data about the profile.
  • Facebook states that they are not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites that the user may post on their site.
  • In terms of security, Facebook does take the appropriate precautions to protect user information, such as ensuring account information is  located on a secured server behind a  firewall, e.g. when a credit card number is entered, the information is encrypted using the secure socket layer technology(SSL).


Effective 28/02/2008: MySpace, Inc. ("MySpace" or "we") operates MySpace.com.  This Privacy Policy describes MySpace's use and sharing of personally identifiable information ("PII"-- your full name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, or credit card number) as well as data that can, under certain circumstances, indirectly lead to PII ("Related Data") that Members voluntarily provide to MySpace when they register.  The Term "User" refers to a Visitor or a Member.  This Privacy Policy applies to the services offered by MySpace, including any MySpace branded URL (the "MySpace Website"), the MySpace instant messaging service, the MySpace application developer service and other features (for example, music and video embedded players), MySpace mobile services, and any other features, content, or applications offered from time to time by MySpace in connection with the MySpace Website (collectively, the "MySpace Services").
The MySpace Services are hosted in the United States.  If you are located outside the United States, you expressly agree that PII and Related Data will be transferred to the United States for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy as a result of your using the MySpace Services.
The MySpace Website is a general audience site and does not knowingly collect PII or Related Data from children under 13 years of age.
From time to time MySpace may modify this Privacy Policy to reflect industry initiatives or changes in the law, our PII or Related Data collection and use practices, the features of the MySpace Services, or technology, and such modifications shall be effective upon posting by MySpace on the MySpace Website.  Your continued use of the MySpace Services after MySpace posts a revised Privacy Policy signifies your acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy.  It is therefore important that you review this Privacy Policy regularly to ensure you are updated as to any changes.  If MySpace materially changes its practices regarding collection or use of your PII or Related Data, your PII and Related Data will continue to be governed by the Privacy Policy under which it was collected unless you have been provided notice of, and have not objected to, the change.
COLLECTION AND SUBMISSION OF PII AND NON-PII ON MYSPACEGeneral.  MySpace collects your email address, first and last name, postal code, gender, and date of birth from you in order to register you as a Member ("Registration Data").  MySpace cannot register you as a Member without this information.  All other information you provide during the MySpace registration or that you post on the MySpace website is voluntary.  MySpace may also collect PII from you if you choose to participate in MySpace Services activities like sweepstakes, contests, and surveys, because you want us to furnish you with products, services, newsletters, or information, or in connection with content or suggestions you submit to MySpace for review.
In addition, MySpace collects other Related Data and non-PII including IP address, aggregate user data, and browser type.  This data is used to manage and improve the MySpace Services, track usage, and for security purposes.
MySpace Members may also choose to provide or store non-PII information and Related Data in their profiles, including but not limited to date of birth, interests, hobbies, lifestyle choices, groups with whom they are affiliated (schools, companies), videos and/or pictures, private messages, bulletins or personal statements (collectively "Profile Information").  The Profile Information in a Member's profile is provided at his or her sole discretion.  Please be aware that your Profile Information, as well as any information posted to any public forum, can be accessed by the public.  Profile Information located on private profiles can be accessed by MySpace at all times and, in limited cases, by certain third parties authorized by MySpace for purposes of ensuring compliance with MySpace's Terms of Use.
MySpace Members can change their Registration Data and Profile Information at any time and can control how Visitors, other Members and MySpace communicate with them by controlling their account settings, available within the "Edit Profile" portion of their MySpace profile. Link to Privacy Settings.MySpace determines the purposes of collection, use and disclosure of the Registration Data you provide and, as such, is considered the data controller of this information.  Because the Member, not MySpace, determines the purposes for which Profile Information is collected, used and disclosed, MySpace is not the data controller of Profile Information that Members provide on their profile. 
Cookies. Cookies are small bits of information that MySpace places on your computer. MySpace uses cookies to identify your Internet browser, store Users' preferences, and determine whether you have installed the enabling software needed to access certain material on the MySpace Services.  Data in cookies may be read to authenticate user sessions or provide services.
Third party advertisements displayed on MySpace Services may also contain cookies set by Internet advertising companies or advertisers (known as "third party cookies"). * *MySpace does not control these third party cookies and Users of the MySpace Services should check the privacy policy of the Internet advertising company or advertiser to see whether and how it uses cookies.  See the "Notice" section below for more information on customized advertising on MySpace.  A pixel tag is a tiny image inserted in a webpage and used to record the number and types of views for that page.  MySpace may allow third party pixel tags to be present on MySpace Services for purposes of advertising, providing services or data and statistics collection.
You can program your computer to warn you each time a cookie is being sent, block third party cookies or block all cookies.  However, by blocking all cookies you may not have access to certain features on the MySpace Services.
NOTICE: MYSPACE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH NOTICE ABOUT ITS PII COLLECTION PRACTICESWhen you voluntarily provide PII to MySpace, we will make sure you are informed about who is collecting the information, how and why the information is being collected and the types of uses MySpace will make of the information to the extent it is being used in a manner that differs from what is allowed pursuant to this Privacy Policy.
At the time you provide your PII, MySpace will notify you of your options regarding our use of your PII (See "Choice" below).  Except as described in this Privacy Policy, MySpace will not share your PII with third parties (excluding those set out in this Privacy Policy) unless you have given MySpace permission to do so (See "Use" below).
MySpace Services may be linked to Internet sites operated by other companies.  MySpace Services may also carry advertisements from other companies.  MySpace may transfer Related Data such as IP addresses to certain advertising partners located in your country of residence or abroad.  MySpace is not responsible for the privacy practices of websites or other services operated by third parties that are linked to or integrated with the MySpace Services or for the privacy practices of third party Internet advertising companies.  Once you leave MySpace Services via such a link, access a third party application (such as widgets) or click on an advertisement, you should check the applicable privacy policy of the third party or advertiser site to determine, among other things, how they will handle any PII they collect from you.
MySpace Services may also be linked to sites operated by companies affiliated with MySpace (i.e., that are part of the News America Group:  "Affiliated Companies").  Although all Affiliated Companies adhere to the News America corporate Privacy Principles, Users who visit those Affiliated Company sites should still refer to their separate privacy policies and practices, which may differ in some respects from this Privacy Policy.
MySpace may use cookies and similar tools to customize the content and advertising you receive based on the Profile Information you have provided.  Profile Information you provide in structured profile fields or questions (multiple choice questions like "Marital Status," "Education" and "Children") ("Structured Profile Information"), information you add to open-ended profile fields and questions (essay questions like "About Me," "Interests" and "Movies") ("Non-Structured Profile Information") and other non-PII and Related Data about you may also be used to customize the online ads you encounter to those we believe are aligned with your interests.  For example, based on your music interests we might display an advertisement to make sure you are advised when your favorite band is coming to town.  The information used for this feature does not provide your PII or identify you as an individual to third parties, but will involve the processing of certain Related Data such as IP addresses.  If you would like to disable this advertising customization for Non-Structured Profile Information, please log in and click here.

Some of the advertisements that appear on MySpace Services may also be delivered to you by third party Internet advertising companies.  These companies utilize certain technologies to deliver advertisements and marketing messages and to collect non-PII information and Related Data about your visit to or use of MySpace Services, including information about the ads they display, via a cookie placed on your computer that reads your IP address. To opt out of information collection by these companies, or to obtain information about the technologies they use or their own privacy policies, please visit:
http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp Third party applications (such as widgets) created by third party developers may also be available on the MySpace Services.  Third party applications are small bits of software, often with interactivity, that can be installed into Members' profiles or shared with other Users.  However, MySpace does not control the third party developers, and cannot dictate their actions.  When a Member engages with a third party application, that Member is interacting with the third party developer, not with MySpace.  MySpace encourages Members not to provide PII to the third party's application unless the Member knows the party with whom it is interacting. 
MySpace and certain copyright holders have signed an agreement pursuant to which copyright holders may utilize MySpace's Rights Management Tools (collectively, the "Tool") to automatically block the upload of audio and audiovisual content for which the copyright holder has supplied content identifiers in the required format.  In addition, from time to time, MySpace may use the Tool to examine information (including Profile Information located on private profiles) to detect the presence of content that matches content for which copyright holders have supplied content identifiers.  If the Tool blocks the upload of such content, and/or otherwise removes content already uploaded to the MySpace Website, the Member will receive a notice and may have an opportunity respond to the notice through a counter-notice.  Copyright holders may have access to certain Related Data and Profile Information when they operate the Tool, but will not have access to any PII unless the Member expressly consents to providing PII to the copyright holder in the context of a counter-notice.
CHOICE: MYSPACE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH CHOICES ABOUT THE USE OF YOUR PII Except as described in this Privacy Policy, MySpace will get your permission before we use the PII you provide to us in a way that is inconsistent with the purpose for which it was submitted or share your PII with third parties that are not affiliated with MySpace.USE: MYSPACE'S USE OF PII

MySpace will only use the PII you provide under this Privacy Policy in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy.  If MySpace obtains PII from a third party, such as a business partner, our use of that information is also governed by this Privacy Policy.
In order to locate other MySpace Members that you may already know in the physical world, MySpace allows Users to search for Members using Registration Data (i.e., full name or email address).  MySpace also allows Users to browse for certain Profile Information in order to help connect with Members (i.e., schools and/or companies where Users may have attended or worked). * *MySpace may also enable Members to publicly display some Registration Data as an element of their Profile Information if they choose to do so via a profile setting under "Edit Profile."  Search engines may index the portion of a Member's profile (including the Profile Information it contains) that is publicly displayed.
If you have consented to receive promotional materials (e.g., newsletters) or notifications from MySpace, MySpace may periodically use your email address to send you such materials related to the MySpace Services, as applicable.  If you want to stop receiving such materials from MySpace, you can change your profile settings under "Account Settings," or follow the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email. 
MySpace employees, agents and contractors must have a business reason to obtain access to your PII and Related Data. MySpace may share your PII and Related Data with those who help us manage or provide MySpace Services' information activities (for example., message board administration, order fulfillment, statistical analyses, data processing), or with outside contractors, agents or sponsors who help us with the administration, judging and prize fulfillment aspects of contests, promotions and sweepstakes.   These outside contractors, agents or sponsors may temporarily store some information on their servers, but they may only use your PII to provide MySpace with a specific service and not for any other purpose.  
MySpace may also provide your PII to a third party in those instances where you have chosen to receive certain information and have been notified that the fulfillment of such a request requires the sharing of your PII.  MySpace also may share your PII with Affiliated Companies if it has a business reason to do so.

As described in "Notice" above, MySpace may customize the advertising and marketing messages you receive on the MySpace Website, or may work with outside companies to do so.  Your Related Data, non-PII and/or Profile Information may be shared with these companies so this customization can be accomplished.  MySpace prohibits these companies from sharing your Related Data, non-PII and/or Profile Information with any third party or from using it for any other purpose.  Anonymous click stream, number of page views calculated by pixel tags, and aggregated demographic information may also be shared with MySpace's advertisers and business partners.
There may be instances when MySpace may access or disclose PII, Related Data, Profile Information or non-PII without providing you a choice in order to: (info) protect or defend the legal rights or property of MySpace, our Affiliated Companies or their employees, agents and contractors (including enforcement of our agreements); (ii) protect the safety and security of Users of the MySpace Services or members of the public including acting in urgent circumstances; (iii) protect against fraud or for risk management purposes; or (iv) comply with the law or legal process.  In addition, if MySpace sells all or part of its business or makes a sale or transfer of all or a material part of its assets or is otherwise involved in a merger or transfer of all or a material part of its business, MySpace may transfer your PII to the party or parties involved in the transaction as part of that transaction.
When a Member chooses to post Profile Information that will be publicly disclosed, that Member is responsible for ensuring that such information conforms to all local data protection laws.  MySpace is not responsible under any data protection laws for Member posted information.
SECURITY: MYSPACE PROTECTS THE SECURITY OF PIIMySpace uses commercially reasonable administrative, technical, personnel and physical measures to safeguard PII and credit card information in its possession against loss, theft and unauthorized use, disclosure or modification.  In addition, MySpace uses reasonable methods to make sure that PII is accurate, up-to-date and appropriately complete.
ACCESS, REMEDIES AND COMPLIANCE: HOW TO ACCESS, CORRECT OR CHANGE YOUR PREFERENCES REGARDING YOUR PII AND HOW TO CONTACT MYSPACE ABOUT PRIVACY CONCERNSWhenever possible, MySpace Members may review the Registration Data we maintain about them in our records. We will take reasonable steps to correct any PII a Member informs us is incorrect.  If you are a Member, you can view and change your Registration Data, Member preferences and Profile Information by logging into your account and accessing features such as "Edit Profile" and "Account Settings." 
If you ask MySpace to stop using your PII, MySpace will honor that request while retaining any record of your PII that is necessary to comply with applicable federal, state or local law.
If you would like to communicate with us about this Privacy Policy or MySpace's collection and use of your PII please contact MySpace at:
8391 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90048


Twitter Privacy Policy

Twitter provides this Privacy Policy to inform users of our policies and procedures regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personally identifiable information received from users of this website, located at www.twitter.com ("Site" ) or collected through our social networking service, including via SMS, WAP and Instant Messaging ("Service" ). This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time for any reason; each version will apply to information collected while it was in place. We will notify you of any material changes to our Privacy Policy by posting the new Privacy Policy on our Site. You are advised to consult this Privacy Policy regularly for any changes.
By using our Site you are consenting to our processing of your information as set forth in this Privacy Policy now and as amended by us. "Processing" means using cookies on a computer or using or touching information in any way, including, but not limited to, collecting, storing, deleting, using, combining and disclosing information, all of which activities will take place in the United States. If you reside outside the U.S. your personally identifiable information will be transferred to the U.S., and processed and stored there under U.S. privacy standards. By visiting our Site and providing information to us, you consent to such transfer to, and processing in, the US.
If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy or our use of your personally identifiable information, please contact usat twitter dot com.


Twitter is very concerned about safeguarding the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information. We employ administrative, physical and electronic measures designed to protect your information from unauthorized access.
We will make any legally-required disclosures of any breach of the security, confidentiality, or integrity of your unencrypted electronically stored personal data to you via email or conspicuous posting on this Site in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay, consistent with (info) the legitimate needs of law enforcement or (ii) any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and restore the reasonable integrity of the data system.

Links to Other Websites

Our Site contains links to other websites. The fact that we link to a website is not an endorsement, authorization or representation of our affiliation with that third party. We do not exercise control over third party websites. These other websites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or solicit personally identifiable information from you. Other sites follow different rules regarding the use or disclosure of the personally identifiable information you submit to them. We encourage you to read the privacy policies or statements of the other websites you visit.

Our Policy Towards Children

The Site is not directed to persons under 18. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with personally identifiable information without their consent, he or she should contact us privacy at twitter dot com. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal identifiable Information, we will delete such information from our files. |


  • Friendster:" an online social networking community (SNC) that connects people through networks of friends for sharing, communicating, and making new friends. Personal information that the user chooses to include:
    -   First name or first and last names of the Member (depending on the options selected by the Member),
    -   Gender, age, martial status and other, similar personal information,
    -   Occupation,
    -   Schools attended or companies with whom the Member is associated,
    -   Location (e.g., city and state), and
    -   Photos, videos or other shared content uploaded by the Member to his or her profile, to the extent that it includes personal information.
  • Friendster also collects Member-submitted account information such as name and email address to identify Members, send notifications related to the use of the Friendster service and conduct market research and marketing for Friendster's internal use only. 
  • Members may reveal other personal information while communicating on other areas of the Friendster website, e.g., while participating in discussions on Friendster Groups and/or posting information on Friendster Blogs. This information, in turn, might be viewed by other Members or visitors to the Friendster website who are not Members.
  • Friendster also collects some information from Members, as well as from other visitors to the Friendster website, that is not personally identifiable, such as browser type and IP address. This information is gathered from all Members and visitors to the website.
    The personal information of a Member contained in his or her profile will be shown to those people whom the Member chooses. Each Member has three options when choosing the level of sharing of his or her profile. They are: "Friends" which consists only of that Member's friends,
    "Friends of Friends" which consists of that Member's friends, as well as the extended group of people who are friends of that Member's friends, and
    "Anyone" which is all visitors to the Friendster website, whether or not they are Friendster members.
  • Except where a Member might choose to include a full name in his or her profile, a Member's email address and full name will only be used in the following circumstances: When the Member invites a friend via email to become a Friendster Member,
    When the Member sends a request to another Member to add the other Member to his or her friend list,  When notifications to the Member are sent relating to his or her use of the Friendster service or Friendster website, and If the Member so chooses, when sent regular notifications, weekly updates, or other news regarding the Friendster service or the Friendster website.
  • Except when inviting or adding friends or as otherwise expressly set forth herein, a Member's email address will never be shared with or displayed to any other person. Members and their friends, and other Members within their personal networks (depending on the level of sharing a Member has chosen) communicate on Friendster with each other through the Friendster service, without disclosing email addresses.
  • Sharing of the Information this Site Gathers/Tracks:
    Friendster does not sell, rent, share, trade or give away any personal information unless required by law or for the protection of your Membership. However, Friendster may share profile information and aggregate usage information in a non-personally identifiable manner with advertisers and other third parties in order to present to Members and other users of the Friendster website more targeted advertising, products and services; provided that, in such situations, they will never disclose information that would personally identify you.
  • Friendster may use your email address to conduct market research for Friendster's internal use only; and/or (ii) use your email address to market Friendster to you (e.g., new features and applications, announcements, opportunities of interest). Friendster may contract with a third party to conduct such research and marketing; provided that such third party will be fully bound by an obligation of confidentiality to Friendster and may not use any personally-identifiable information provided by Friendster other than as expressly instructed by Friendster and in strict compliance with the terms of this Privacy Policy.
    Changes in Our Privacy Policy
  • If Friendster changes their privacy policy, they will post those changes on web site so Members and other users of the Friendster website are always aware of what information is  collected, how it is used, and under what circumstances, if any, it is disclosed.
  • Members and Users Located Outside of the United States of America
    In an effort to protect the personal information of all Members and other users of the Friendster website, and to the extent applicable, they attempt to comply with local data protection and consumer rights laws. If you are unsure whether this privacy policy is in conflict with the applicable local rules where you are located, you should not submit your personal information to the Friendster website.
  • Members and other users of the Friendster website located in countries outside of the United States of America who submit personal information do thereby consent to the general use of such information as provided in this privacy policy and to the transfer of that information to and/or storage of the information in the United States of America.


The Full Privacy Policy can be found here.

  1. Your information choices

    You can:
    • Review, enhance or edit your personal information through your personal profile page.
    • Choose what information you make available through your public profile.
    • Control the messages you receive from LinkedIn and other users and how these are sent.
    • Tell us to close your LinkedIn account.


iLike, Inc.'s Privacy Policy
...applies to iLike, Inc.'s websites, including iLike.com, GarageBand.com, GCast.com and i-cast.com websites ("Websites"). iLike, Inc. believes in the responsible use of personal information. We understand that without the trust and respect of the musicians and fans that make up our community we'd have nothing. So we'll strive to honor the privacy of anyone who signs up as a member.
Your Personal Information at iLike, Inc.'s Websites
iLike, Inc. is the sole owner of the personal information collected on its Websites and we collect personal information from our users at several different points on these Websites. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this Privacy Policy.
 ...Here's the information that we require for basic registration at iLike.com, GarageBand.com, Gcast.com and i-cast.com:

  1. A Screenname is collected and made public on the site. (Your Screenname becomes your public display-name at our Websites. It need bear no relation to your actual name). The following information is collected at registration:
  2. Your email address.
  3. A password for your account. (We remind you not to reveal your password to anyone).
  4. In addition, you are invited to "opt in" to receive a regular newsletter or occasional email from our Websites, and you are free to opt out from either of these services at any point in the future. You have the option of providing more private information to personalize your experience:
  5. Your gender and date of birth. (For our own demographic reports - so we can build a better site for our audience).
  6. Your zip code (US residents only) so we can tailor content to your local area.
  7. Your music preferences. The iLike.com service includes a software component known as the "iLike Sidebar" which enables you to share your musical tastes as you listen to music on your computer, in real-time, through your Public Profile on our Websites. This includes providing your music category preferences or other music preferences. Sharing this information enables us to tailor music content to your taste and enables us to match you with other users who have compatible tastes. If you choose to share this information, it may be made publicly available through your Public Profile or other portions of our Websites. In particular, if you choose to install the iLike Sidebar, please understand that it operates as follows:
  8. The iLike Sidebar will be sending your music listening data (including a list of all songs and playlists in your music library on your computer) to the iLike.com servers. Select clips of songs from your library will be examined by iLike servers, and matched with music discography metadata collected from friends and other iLike users. This is designed to make sure the sample-clips of music that display on your profile are appropriately representing the music you listen to in your library, and to ensure broad availability of audio clips to enhance music discovery for all our users. You may choose to opt of this "clip-matching" process at any time by changing your iLike account settings.
  9. This data will be saved by iLike, Inc. in our databases.
  10. However, by choosing to install the iLike Sidebar, your music listening data, songs, and playlists in your music library are reported publicly in a personally identifiable way, but within your control. Specifically, part of the functionality of the iLike.com website is that you may create a personal profile that publicly reflects your music listening habits as determined by the iLike Sidebar. Your music listening data is also used to generate music recommendations, as well as to calculate music-compatibility scores with other users on iLike.
  11. The iLike Sidebar is designed to automatically self-update itself (without asking permission from you).
  12. Additional privacy controls that (a) allow you to choose who may see your music preferences and (b) allow you to hide particular music or playlist data that you prefer not to share with anybody can be found at http://www.ilike.com/account/settings.
  13. Your full name (optional), which can be used to personalize the email messages that are sent on your behalf when you invite friends to the service, and may also be used (at your option) by friends who are searching for your profile. However, your full name is not displayed within the website except to yourself when you are logged in.
  14. Cookies
    Be aware that our Websites use "cookies".... ...Our Websites also use permanent cookies that store an encrypted session id code. This means we are able to "recognize" you when you come to the site, without the need for you to log in. In particular, if you download and install the iLike Sidebar software, this software will utilize a permanent cookie so that your computer (and music listening habits) are recognized whenever you browse the iLike.com website. If your browser is set to reject cookies, you will not be able to log in to the site and hold an account. This means you will not be able to review music, register a band, and so on. You will, however, be able to browse most of the site freely and listen to tracks. Some of our business partners may use cookies on our site. However, we have no access to or control over these cookies, once we have given permission for them to set cookies for processing your order.Log Files

    We log IP addresses to track which users have made what page requests, what browser that person was using, what their cookie was, and at what time the request was made. We use this information to analyze trends, administer the site, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. This logging process does not store any personally identifiable information.


Some abstracts of the "Google Terms of Service" see the full version here

Welcome to Google!

1. Your relationship with Google

1.2 Unless otherwise agreed in writing with Google, your agreement with Google will always include, at a minimum, the terms and conditions set out in this document. These are referred to below as the "Universal Terms".
1.3 Your agreement with Google will also include the terms of any Legal Notices applicable to the Services, in addition to the Universal Terms. All of these are referred to below as the "Additional Terms". Where Additional Terms apply to a Service, these will be accessible for you to read either within, or through your use of, that Service.
1.5 If there is any contradiction between what the Additional Terms say and what the Universal Terms say, then the Additional Terms shall take precedence in relation to that Service.

2. Accepting the Terms

 2.2 You can accept the Terms by:
        (A) clicking to accept or agree to the Terms, where this option is made available to you by Google in the user interface for any Service; or

        (B) by actually using the Services. In this case, you understand and agree that Google will treat your use of the Services as acceptance of the Terms from that point onwards.

 3. Language of the Terms

    3.1 Where Google has provided you with a translation of the English language version of the Terms, then you agree that the translation is provided for your convenience only and that the English language versions of the Terms will govern your relationship with Google.

    3.2 If there is any contradiction between what the English language version of the Terms says and what a translation says, then the English language version shall take precedence.

19. Changes to the Terms

    19.1 Google may make changes to the Universal Terms or Additional Terms from time to time. When these changes are made, Google will make a new copy of the Universal Terms available at http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS?hl=en and any new Additional Terms will be made available to you from within, or through, the affected Services.

    19.2 You understand and agree that if you use the Services after the date on which the Universal Terms or Additional Terms have changed, Google will treat your use as acceptance of the updated Universal Terms or Additional Terms.

YouTube Privacy Notice

Updated as of July 21, 2008

The Google Privacy Policy describes how Google and its subsidiaries treat personal information when you use Google services, including information provided when you use YouTube. In addition, the following describes privacy practices specific to YouTube. To understand how we treat the information you give us as you use YouTube, you should read this policy and the Google Privacy Policy.

Personal Information

  • Non-Account Activity. You can watch videos on YouTube without having a YouTube Account or a Google Account. You can also contact us about a particular video without having a YouTube Account or a Google Account.
  • Account-Related Activity. Certain other activities on YouTube--like uploading videos, posting comments, flagging videos, or watching restricted videos--require you to have a YouTube Account or a Google Account. We ask for some personal information when you create a YouTube Account or a Google Account, including your email address and a password, which is used to protect your account from unauthorized access. A Google Account allows you to access many of our services that require registration.
  • Usage Information. We may record information about your usage, such as when you use YouTube, the channels, groups, and favorites you subscribe to, the contacts you communicate with, the videos you watch, and the frequency and size of data transfers, as well as information you display or click on in YouTube (including UI elements, settings, and other information). If you are logged in, we may associate that information with your account. We may use clear GIFs (a.k.a. "Web Beacons") in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened by recipients.
  • Content Uploaded to Site. Any personal information or video content that you voluntarily disclose online (on discussion boards, in messages and chat areas, within your playback or profile pages, etc.) becomes publicly available and can be collected and used by others.


  • If you submit personally identifiable information to us through the YouTube Sites, we use your personal information to operate, maintain, and provide to you the general and personalized features and functionality of the YouTube Sites, and to process any flagging activity or correspondence you send to us.
  • Your account name (not your email address) is displayed to other Users when you upload videos or send messages through the YouTube Sites and other Users can contact you through messages and comments. Any videos that you submit to the YouTube Sites may be redistributed through the internet and other media channels, and may be viewed by the general public. If you have enabled Active Sharing, other users may see that you, as identified by your account name (not your email address), are watching the same video.
  • We do not use your email address or other personally identifiable information to send commercial or marketing messages without your consent or except as part of a specific program or feature for which you will have the ability to opt-in or opt-out. We may, however, use your email address without further consent for non-marketing or administrative purposes (such as notifying you of major YouTube Site changes or for customer service purposes).
  • We use both your personally identifiable information and certain non-personally-identifiable information (such as anonymous user usage data, cookies, IP addresses, browser type, clickstream data, etc.) to improve the quality and design of the YouTube Sites and to create new features, promotions, functionality, and services by storing, tracking, analyzing, and processing user preferences and trends, as well as user activity and communications.
  • We use cookies, clear gifs, and log file information to: (a) store information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the YouTube Sites; (b) provide custom, personalized content and information; (c) monitor the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns; (d) monitor aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors, pages viewed, etc.; and (e) track your entries, submissions, and status in promotions, sweepstakes, and contests. If you download the YouTube Uploader, your copy of the of the Uploader includes a unique application number. The unique application number and information about your installation of the Uploader (e.g. version number, language) will be sent to YouTube when the Uploader automatically checks for updates.

    Information That is Publicly Available

  • When you create an account on the site, some information about your account and your account activity will be provided to other Users of the site. This may include the date you opened your account, the date you last logged into your account, your age (if you choose to make it public), the country and the number of videos you have watched.
  • Your account name (not your email address) is displayed to other Users when you engage in certain activity on the site, such as you upload videos or send messages through the YouTube Sites. Other Users can contact you through messages and comments.
  • You may also choose to add personal information that will visible to other Users on your channel page (which is the public facing page for your account on the site). This may include a profile picture, you name, gender, relationship status, or other details.
  • If you choose to add certain features to your channel page, then these features and your activity associated with these features will be displayed to other Users and may be aggregated and shared with your confirmed friends or other Users. Such shared activity may include what videos you favorite, what videos you rated and what videos you have uploaded.
  • Any videos that you submit to the YouTube Sites may be redistributed through the internet and other media channels, and may be viewed by the general public. If you have enabled Active Sharing, other users may see that you, as identified by your account name (not your email address), are watching the same video.

    Your Choices

  • You may, of course, decline to submit personally identifiable information through the YouTube Sites, in which case you can still view videos and explore the YouTube Sites, but YouTube may not be able to provide certain services to you. Some advanced YouTube features may, for authentication purposes, require you to sign up for other Google services like Google Checkout or AdSense. The privacy notices of those services govern the use of your personal information associated with them.
  • You may update or correct your personal profile information and email preferences at any time by visiting your account profile page.
  • You may clear your viewing history at any time through the "Viewing History" feature.
  • You may control the information that is available to other Users and your confirmed friends at any time by editing your account and the features that are included on your channel page.

    Third-party Advertisers, Links to Other Sites

YouTube allows other companies, called third-party ad servers or ad networks, to serve advertisements within the YouTube Sites. These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to send, directly to your browser, the advertisements and links that appear on the YouTube Sites. They automatically receive your IP address when this happens. They may also use other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons) to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and to personalize the advertising content you see.
YouTube does not provide any personally identifiable information to these third-party ad servers or ad networks without your consent or except as part of a specific program or feature for which you will have the ability to opt-in or opt-out. However, please note that if an advertiser asks YouTube to show an advertisement to a certain audience (for example, men ages 18-34) or audience segment (for example, men ages 18-24 who have viewed certain channels of content) and you respond to that advertisement, the advertiser or ad-server may conclude that you fit the description of the audience they are trying to reach. The advertiser may also use information regarding your use of the YouTube Sites, such as the number of times you viewed an ad (but not any personally identifiable information), to determine which ads to deliver to you.
You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers or ad networks (see links below) for more information on their practices and for instructions on how to opt-out of certain practices. YouTube's privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or web sites. Any data obtained by third-party ad servers subsequently shared with YouTube is maintained and dealt with by YouTube in accordance with this privacy policy.
The current list of third-party ad servers or ad networks YouTube has a relationship with is available here: https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=94149

More Information

Google adheres to the US Safe Harbor privacy principles. For more information about the Safe Harbor framework or our registration, see the Department of Commerce's web site.
For questions concerning the product or your account, please check out the Google Help page.
For more information about our privacy practices, go to Google's full privacy policy, or write to us at:
YouTube Privacy
901 Cherry Ave.
San Bruno, CA 94066

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  1. I wonder if the complexity of these policies is a problem to be considered. How many users read these policies, let alone understand them in any meaningful sense?

     How does the problem of differing legal regimes affect this? An earlier project at the Faculty of Information - PipWatch - experimented with asking various websites/companies if they are in compliance with Canadian privacy regulation. Good responses were difficult to come by. Should companies that potentially profit from such data be encouraged or compelled to suit a higher standard of protection (e.g. such as that used in the European Union)?

    A final question to consider is that of enforcement. Many governments have privacy commissioners who regularly report on the effectiveness of government efforts to protect privacy. Is there any mechanism to do this in the private sector?