A battling consumer group has pledged to take on Twitter, accusing it of breaching privacy laws. The Norwegian Consumer Council, which has a legal battle with Apple under its belt, said social networking sites' terms and conditions are unfair. "None of the international social networks adhere to even the most basic contractual …
be the first to say "Oh lol!".
Those crazy Nords, you've got to love them!
You can monitor their progress...
.. by subscribing to their Twitter feed.
People are basically fick
I think it says it all when the only way a consumer can respond to proposed consumer protection preventing foreigners owning them, their emails and their photos for ever is "lol".
What was once surreal and exaggerated in Brass Eye and The Day Today is now real mainstream news. The next film candidate for a real life remake surely must be Idiocracy?
Make some rules then!
If a TOS or EULA is found to be unlawful that should completely invalidate it. I want some judgements made on Microsoft, Apple and others about their rules. I am less worried about Web2.0 if we can get the PC sorted. Everyone else would see what they had to do.
Are they going to do something about all those governments that are running rampant with anti-privacy laws and anti-privacy machinery and anti-privacy whatnot else too? Or would that be too sensible?
US company, US law.
I've always felt companies should be bound by the laws of the place they are actually in at the time - so my local McDonalds here in the UK is under UK law, not American, Norwegian or Afghan. If they go and open a branch in Saudi, presumably that'll rule out the bacon and egg McMuffin - but not here. Now, if a Norwegian comes and visits my local McDonalds here, it's still governed by UK law: why shouldn't the same thing apply to that Norwegian visiting an overseas place of business electronically rather than physically?
If Norway gets to impose their law on a system on US servers just because people from Norway can visit, will Saudi Arabia then be entitled to execute anyone posting things on Twitter which are banned under Sharia law? I certainly hope not. If Norwegians want a version of Twitter under their own laws, they're welcome to try starting one - but leave other people's alone.
Re: US company, US law.
You are mostly right, and then again altogether wrong.
The idea is that international companies adhere to the laws of where they operate. Thus if a company wants to be allowed to operate in say Australia, there services would have to stand up to Australian law. Now, things does of course get a bit complicated when things move online. However, the rule does still apply. Most countries have the means to block out an online service if they want to. Thus if Twitter wants to continue to offer their service in Norway, they might have to change their ToS - at least for their Norwegian users. Now, Norway is pretty small country, but it is still always a problem for an international company to be deemed "non grata" in any country.
Figure the annoyance among politicians if they had to attend a summit in Norway and couldn't tweet instead of paying attention to the items on the agenda! - Obviously the same goes for regular users.
I do however not think that it will come as far as this - although I still hope Twitter et. al. will make their ToS more consumer friendly.
You couldn't make it up
A government is seriously worried about the privacy of 'tards who happily tell anyone who'll listen that "I'm taking a dump".
You could, really...
This article is about the Norwegian Consumer Council.
Do all -- or fall
The problem is that every country wants its laws obeyed by on-line entities located and operating in different countries subject to ITS laws. Given the diversity of governments, I can see an on-line firm choosing to end service when privacy, provision of information, surveillance and conduct rules collide.