Yesterday, following some a link provided by a friend, I read an article recently published by the Star Online magazine. I wanted to add a comment to that article, but only found in that page the following statement (see [screenshot
): “If you’d like to post a comment on the issue, you can do so at The Star’s Facebook.”
) begins by saying: ”(the publisher) has created this privacy statement to demonstrate its firm commitment to privacy.”.
Then the policy says that the information collected by their web server “does not contain anything that can identify users individually” and that “user-supplied information collected through the registration process, surveys, contest entry forms, polls or other similar vehicles… is not shared with other organisations for commercial purposes unless specifically stated.”
Why should readers who value respect for privacy and want to comment an article in the magazine have to register just with the social network that has been the most attacked in the last years just for lack of interest about users privacy?
Of course, in and by itself, there is nothing wrong in having a personal Facebook account or in setting up a Facebook page for a magazine or any other organization. This is an historical moment in which millions of people confuse, consciously or not, the World Wide Web with Facebook and only see the former through the latter (I’m just assessing the situation here, not making a judgment!). In such a situation, today it is practically unavoidable to establish some Facebook presence if you want or need to be seen by the greatest possible number of people.
Disclaimer: I have nothing against the Star Online (and their article linked above is quite interesting, you really should read it and maybe compare what it says with my Mr Label’s nightmare). I have used them as example only because the way that article is written allowed me to explain my point with only two screenshots, but there are tons of other websites that do the same or much worse. If you find other examples, please tell me and I’ll add links here.
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