Social Networking Bill of Rights

After the multiple privacy disasters at Facebook and more recently with Google Buzz, it is clear that users of social networking sites need to define Bill of Rights. We have the unalienable rights to our data, and right to request any other data collected on our us, whether it be social graph data, usage patterns, or marketing analytics. Having rights to our data means that we have the right to share it with any one at any level at any time, we have the right to leave a given service taking our data with us and purging our profile completely. We should be given adequate time to review any new Terms of Service carefully and not be force to just click away our rights. We have the right to our own vanity urls where it does not blatantly infringe on trademarks, and this right includes the right to sale and transfer said vanity urls.

Bill of Rights

  • You have the right to retain copyright of all your data.
  • You have the right to own your vanity url, copyright, and trademarks.
  • You have the right to import/export data in different formats.
  • You have the right to set privacy settings including name, profile name, email, phone number, address, friend list, etc.
  • You have the right to not use your real name.
  • You have the right to not be spammed, and opt out of any marketing email or contact.
  • You have the right to share data at the individual post with the whomever you wish at whatever time you desire.
  • You have the right to delete your profile or data at the individual post at any time.
  • You have the right to review all data collected about you, your profile, your usage.
  • You have the right to opt-out out of any system that collects data on your profile.
  • You have the right to review any change in Terms of Service and be given enough time to accept, decline, or export your data.

Are there any other rights that we are users of social networking sites we need to defend.

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