NEW YORK (MainStreet) – With the debate about privacy and information affecting virtually every tool on the Internet, panelists at the South by Southwest Interactive conference drafted a proposal for a Social Network Bill of Rights.
At the annual conference and festival dedicated to music, film and emerging technologies, four panelists – from intellectual property lawyers to media executives – came up with what may come to be a founding document for social media sites moving forward. The list includes 14 tenets that the group believes social networks should agree to honor including honesty, freedom of speech, protection of privacy and control over personal data.
Many have often questioned the virtually unchallenged control that social networks have when it comes to adjusting the terms of service or the end user license agreement, which is the form you consent to when registering for a website.
If perhaps only for that reason, panelists argued that setting out some guidelines is essential.
“It’s not whether a bill of rights is needed or is not needed. It can be something useful as a tool to clarify users’ expectations, to clarify our desires, and to educate ourselves if companies violate our privacy,” Lerner said.