A Social Network Users' Bill of Rights

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The closing session for CFP 2010 will be a debate on the Social Network Users' Bill of Rights we've developed during the conference, followed by voting. Voting and discussion will also be held on Facebook and Twitter.


  • Dorothy Glancy: Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, CFP2010 co-char
  • Jon Pincus: Chief Technology Officer, Qworky, CFP2010 co-chair

Text as agreed during this session

We the users expect social network sites to provide us the following rights in their Terms of Service, Privacy Policies, and implementations of their system:

1. Honesty: Honor your privacy policy and terms of service.

2. Clarity: Make sure that policies, terms of service, and settings are easy to find and understand.

3. Freedom of speech: Do not delete or modify my data without a clear policy and justification.

4. Empowerment : Support assistive technologies and universal accessibility

5. Self-protection: Support privacy-enhancing technologies.

6. Data minimization: Minimize the information I am required to provide and share with others.

7. Control: Let me control my data, and don’t facilitate sharing it unless I agree first.

8. Predictability: Obtain my prior consent before significantly changing who can see my data.

9. Data portability: Make it easy for me to obtain a copy of my data.

10. Protection: Treat my data as securely as your own confidential data unless I choose to share it, and notify me if it is compromised.

11. Right to know: Show me how you are using my data and allow me to see who and what has access to it.

12. Right to self-define: Let me create more than one identity and use pseudonyms. Do not link them without my permission.

13. Right to appeal: Allow me to appeal punitive actions.

14. Right to withdraw: Allow me to delete my account, and remove my data.


This article by Christina Gagnier also contains the text: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christina-gagnier/a-social-network-users-bi_b_618124.html

Jon Pincus's original post: http://www.talesfromthe.net/jon/?page_id=3017

The Twitter vote on the text: http://act.ly/23h

President Obama's Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights (PDF): http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/privacy-final.pdf