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03/10/2010

Privacy piracy

Filed under: Policy,Privacy,Risk — lenand @ 9:52 pm

Personal data privacy is high on the information governance agenda.  If you use Facebook and Twitter, then you accept some level of public exposure of personal data. My University invited me to take a survey with a third party.  What do you think about these extracts from their privacy policy?

By using the i-graduate website, taking part in any of our business activities or completing a survey launched by us, you unconditionally agree to be bound by this Privacy Policy.”  …

“We collect information that is both personally identifiable and unidentifiable about you through our surveys both online and in hard copy formats. “…

“In order to ensure your privacy, we reserve the right to change this policy at any time and for any reason. The policy will be posted on our website and updated as changes occur. With this in mind, you are encouraged to review this policy frequently. ” …

Perhaps they are a trustworthy organisation, but their conditions were too scary.  They do not gave any feeling of comfort that my personal data will be protected.  Surely the legislation should not permit a data processor or data controller the use a ‘get out of jail free’ card.  Isn’t it an illegal or unenforcible condition?  The problem is that the data could be released before anybody could object.

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