As I’ve written before about apps such as Whatsapp and Snapchat, I’m very concerned that people are still taking privacy of information for granted on apps that appear more ‘private’ than those public broadcasters like Twitter or Facebook.
These are quotes taken directly from their website. Please read in full yourself, for further context.
Terms and Conditions:
1) Storage Processing or Use by Meerkat
“By submitting, posting or displaying content on or through the services you grant us worldwide non-exclusive, royalty-free licence (with the right to sublicense), to use, copy reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display such content in any and all media or distribution methods (known or later developed).”
2) “We also reserve the right to access, read, preserve and disclose, information we reasonably believe is necessary to (i) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request…” – and that by UK and American law, as you should know by now, is anything for any reason readers.
4) (re. Business Transfers): “Your information may be sold as part of that transaction“.
So there you have it. I hope this allows people to make a more informed decision before they download the app, start live streaming their private life, videos between partners and in a marketing or business context.
We have reached a very important point in our social history and I would hope individuals, businesses and groups would consciously consider our next steps very carefully.
But I know that’s wishful thinking.