Sunday, September 11, 2016
On Privacy, Your Rights, Others' Rights (and a Rant)
September 25th 2016 is the last day to change your privacy settings to prevent What's App from sharing your phone numbers, contact lists, usage data, with Facebook. After Sept 25th, users will not be able to stop What's App sharing info with Facebook.
Facebook will use the info to "serve" advertisements to you and suggest friends.
What's App makes it a little complicated to find the mechanisms to opt out. The Electronic Freedom Foundation url walks you through the steps.
In another blog, EFF explains why you might mind
Kudos to EFF. On this occasion. Mostly, I follow them because IMHO they are no friend to copyright owners.
Are you a rightsholder? If you ever posted an original photo that you took... posted it on Facebook or Twitter, you are a rightsholder.
There are interests that would like to deny you your rights, and exploit your image/words/creation for their own exclusive benefit, if interested, read more here.
The Trichordist.com (a go-to site for information relating to songwriters, who may be the canary in the coal mine for other writers) publishes a revealing article about copyright-threatening corruption within the current administration.
(warning.... strong language! That is the Rant.)
OTHER PEOPLE'S RIGHTS AND YOU
Are you a Social Media influencer? If so, you may want to check out this article by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP about your legal liability. If you are paid for your blogs and posts, you may be wealthy enough to sue
Biggest take away, watch out when re-posting/sharing/retweeting photos and names of real people. They have Right of Publicity.
All the best,