UK Lawmaker Who Quizzed Facebook On Its Privacy Practices Doesn't Seem To Care Much About His Own Website's Privacy Practices
from the just-sayin' dept
Now, there are those of us who believe that privacy policies are a dumb idea that don’t do anything to protect people’s privacy — but if you’re going to be grandstanding about how Facebook is not transparent enough about how it handles user data, it seems like you should be a bit transparent yourself. Smith’s article details how many other members of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee don’t seem to be living up to their own standards. They may have been attacking social media sites… but were happy to include tracking widgets from those very same social media sites on their own sites.
Julie4Sunderland.co.uk is maintained on behalf of Julie Elliott MP, a fellow member of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee. It serves third-party content from Facebook and upwards of 18 cookies on visitor?s computers.
Likewise, websites of fellow members Jo Stevens, Simon Hart, Julian Knight, Ian Lucas, Rebecca Pow and Giles Watling are also collecting data on behalf of the social networking giant from their visitors.
The websites of Julian Knight, Ian Lucas, Giles Watling and Rebecca Pow also collect data on visitors for Twitter. Meanwhile, Rebecca Pow?s website sets third-party cookies from YouTube.com.
Damian Collins?s website features a cookie message however the link in the message takes the user to a contact page that contains a form that requests the user?s name and email address.
The page on which the form resides contains a link that activates a modal window and encourages the user to sign-up for Damian Collins?s email newsletter.
Moreover, the Parliamentary page for the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee is also setting and serving third-party cookies and content from Twitter.
Now, you can reasonably argue that the websites of politicians aren’t the same as a social media giant used by like half of the entire world. And there is a point there. But it’s also worth noting that it’s amazing how accusatory politicians and others get towards social media sites when they don’t seem to live up to the same standards on their own websites. Maybe Facebook should do better — but the very actions of these UK Parliament members, at the very least, suggests that even they recognize what they’re demanding of Facebook is more cosmetic “privacy theater” than anything serious.