If you participate in the social web in any way, you might be interested in this, it’s A Bill of Rights for Users of the Social Web. So, what does this mean? Well, there’s actually a big debate about who owns your personal data that you put out on MySpace, Facebook, Plaxo, etc.

Here’s an excerpt:

We publicly assert that all users of the social web are entitled to certain fundamental rights, specifically:

  • Ownership of their own personal information, including:
    • their own profile data
    • the list of people they are connected to
    • the activity stream of content they create;
  • Control of whether and how such personal information is shared with others; and
  • Freedom to grant persistent access to their personal information to trusted external sites.

Maybe this will help Mrs. X once she understands who owns her data, who controls it and feels that she has the freedom to control who has access to it.

If you have any interest whatsoever, check this out.

What do you think? Is a social media bill of rights necessary?


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