App.net commits to data portability as a brand promise

App.net, the we’re-supported-by-our-users-not-by-advertisers twitter alternative, promises data portability to its uses. Let’s look at their core values.

We are selling our product, NOT our users.

We will never sell your personal data, content, feed, interests, clicks, or anything else to advertisers. We promise.

On the one hand, no selling your explicit, inferred or . . . → Read More: App.net commits to data portability as a brand promise

Deleting Your Account: Data portability policy questions for a graceful exit

PortabilityPolicy logoCameron Chapman explains How To Permanently Delete Your Account on Popular Websites. Perhaps your site’s Portability Policy should answer these questions:

How?

  • If you don’t allow account deletion, why?
  • What steps do you take to prevent someone else from deleting my account?
  • What steps do you take to prevent me from deleting my account when I might regret it? (a moment of anger, intoxicated confusion, suffering from dreadful lack of coordination
  • Do you distinguish between account deletion and deactivation?
  • How long will it take for my account to be invisible to others?
  • How long before my account is gone forever?
  • If I delete my account, can others claim my username?
  • If I delete my account, will I be able to use my email address to create a new account?
  • What happens if I don’t have access to the email address I used to start the account?
  • What can delay account closure? (For example, pending financial transactions?)
  • Where is the procedure for deleting my account? What happens after I make the request?

Completeness

  • Where is the list of authorized software/services that might log into my account? (So I can turn them off.)
  • If you let me log into other sites with your credentials (“Sign in with your X account”), what happens to my accounts on the other sites? Where is the list of sites where I use your credentials to login?
  • When you delete my profile and account, what happens to shared/community content, like my contributions to a wiki page or to a threaded conversation or gifts to another person?
  • When I delete my account, do you also cancel subscriptions to any related premium services?
  • Do you make downloading and saving my assets (photos, contacts, history, etc.) part of the account deletion process?
  • When I delete my account, do you also delete my contributions (like videos on YouTube) or should I delete those before requesting account deletion?
  • If I have money or credit balances in my account, what happens to that money when I delete my account?
  • What do you do to help reduce search engine caching of and links to my deleted profile and resources?
  • What do you do with my answer to “Why do you want to delete your account?”

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Check out #OExchange, a data portability protocol

New: “OExchange is an open protocol for sharing any URL with any service on the web.” . . . → Read More: Check out #OExchange, a data portability protocol

Data portability in the Credit Card industry

Credit card data portability . . . → Read More: Data portability in the Credit Card industry

Dataportability officially endorses the Health Data Bill of Rights

We previously wrote in regards to the Dataportability Healthcare Taskforce endorsing the Health Data Bill of Rights.  We are now pleased to announce that the Dataportability project is officially endorsing the Health Data Bill of Rights as stated below ….

In an era when technology allows personal health information to be more easily stored, . . . → Read More: Dataportability officially endorses the Health Data Bill of Rights

Lobby against the password anti-pattern

Back in January, I wrote how it’s time to criminalise the password anti-pattern. The password anti-pattern is where service A requires you to enter your service B username and password so service A can act for you with your B service. It teaches you how to be phished, and the only way to resolve . . . → Read More: Lobby against the password anti-pattern

DataPortability Project Plenary Quarterly Meeting – Q2 09 July 21st 16:00 – 17:00 UTC

FROM: Daniela Barbosa, DataPortability Project chair, TO: DataPortability Project Members and Supporters RE: Quarterly Plenary Meeting- Q2 09

As per our 2009 strategic goals, the Steering Group of the DataPortability Project will be responsible for quarterly plenary meetings to engage the community more with what we are doing. The plenary is an important part . . . → Read More: DataPortability Project Plenary Quarterly Meeting – Q2 09 July 21st 16:00 – 17:00 UTC

POWER.COM Serves FACEBOOK a PR HEADACHE, Thrusts DATA PORTABILITY into LEGAL Spotlight

Yesterday, social aggregator POWER.COM filed a countersuit against Facebook that raises some thorny issues for Facebook and adds some interesting defenses for the case of data portability and personal data ownership. It is not yet clear from reading the pleadings whether either party will win in this escalating case (there are some key issues and concepts on both sides that a Court will have to wade through), but it is clear the issue of Data Portability comes center stage. . . . → Read More: POWER.COM Serves FACEBOOK a PR HEADACHE, Thrusts DATA PORTABILITY into LEGAL Spotlight

Improving portability between the practice and the patient

Dataportability has been focusing on Healthcare for almost a year now with its Healthcare Taskforce. Recently, this taskforce came across the Health Data Bill of Rights.  In summary, the rights are as follows

In an era when technology . . . → Read More: Improving portability between the practice and the patient

DataPortability Community Invited to Semantic Technologies Conference in San Jose, CA June 14-19th, Free and Discounted Options

We are hosting a DataPortability get-together at SemTech 2009, the Semantic Technology Conference, at the San Jose Fairmont on Monday, June 15, 2009, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  As an added bonus, when you register to attend this meetup, you will get access to Chris Saad’s conference session which takes place immediately prior (5:00pm-6:00pm)!

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