California Attorney General Uses Twitter To Threaten United Airlines With Possible Legal Action
from the pointless-privacy-policies dept
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 12, 2012
Companies: twitter, united airlines
Comments on “California Attorney General Uses Twitter To Threaten United Airlines With Possible Legal Action”
Except that the vast majority of privacy policies that I’ve seen simply say “we’ll do whatever we please,” except in thick legalistic jargon.
Privacy policies really are worthless. Companies who care about treating their customers right will do so with or without such a policy. Companies who don’t will just write the policy to let them do whatever they want anyway.
The idea was that at least people could know what the site will be doing — but as with contract, click-through agreements, and etc., all you have to do is make it long and impenetrable enough and the few people who bother reading it won’t understand it anyway.
Sounds a lot like facebook (we’ll do what ever we damn well please with your dataz!!!)… seems like every other day they are in the news for something related to customer data/privacy
Your experience differs from mine, I guess.
You seem to assume that everyone within a “company” feels the same way about things. I don’t think that’s true, especially within a large company like United Airlines.
But if the policy-makers have to confront an issue and create a formal policy, I think you’re a lot more likely to get compliance with that policy from the middle management and others that might otherwise do whatever they feel like individually.
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I assume no such thing. I’m not sure why you think that I do.
I agree. My point is simply that most privacy policies specify that you have little, if any, privacy, so “compliance” is meaningless.
They usually go something like this: We promise,cross our hearts and hope to die, to never, ever, ever share your information with anyone ever, except as permitted by law.
Seems like she just fails at looking.
I haven’t seen the mobile app, but I assume it doesn’t have that link in it.
This is Californian law. Does that mean all US companies need to adhere to every law for every state? Hypothetically, what would happen if a state had a law banning privacy policies?
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Every state you’re doing business in, anyway. In your hypo, you have to adjust your actions depending on what state you’re targeting.
All you need is a policy. Any policy.
These agreements and policies are just a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo voodoo and I have never read an entire document.
So you put it up on the web with a Checkbox waiting to say ‘I read that’ but you have no real proof. How about making them shorter and making me prove I read it. How about a short quiz at the end of it? Yea right!!
I want a universal ID system for the web. Then I won’t have have to agree any more. I am logged in and if I use your stuff I agree.
One log in for each person. I am so sick of logging in, that I want to stay permanently logged out.
I don’t want to log in with Facebook (takes longer) or register for an account. I simply want to pick my web name from the cloud and if no one else is using it I get it. I can then maintain my log in account on my own. I would gladly pay for this annually, do you hear me entrepreneurs? Then all I would have to do is start my computing device and log in once. No expiration, no you waited too long.
Because of the log in nightmare I as a developer have to maintain a text file that is currently 350 lines of user names and passwords. I have to keep it encrypted and make daily backups of it because if I lost it or got it stolen I could never recover it, never.
Let’s use some intelligence in the software development please. It’s very simple to see if I have rebooted or changed users on my computer. If so then ask me for the ONE password for my ONE log in.
The purpose of these laws is to enrich plaintiffs’ attorneys.
There has to be a private right of action. Do you know that there is one?
You get in trouble if you don't abide by the policy?
Really? In what way? Because if you do, then that means privacy policies are actually kinda useful. I always thought the problem was that you can have a policy and then ignore it.
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