Is there a Creative Commons for privacy/data stuff?
September 26, 2015 9:26 PM   Subscribe

Maciej Cegłowski recently gave a talk called What Will Happen Next Will Surprise You that was discussed here on the blue. In it, he outlines an idea I'm ready to help push forward: a Creative Commons-inspired way of saying "My company doesn't store personally identifiable data" or "My company has a true delete" and other similar things. We can debate the enforceability of this stuff later - my short term questions for now are "Is anyone doing this?" and if not, "Who's in?"
posted by jragon to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
There's P3P.
posted by mbrubeck at 9:38 PM on September 26, 2015

[Hey there, just as a quick note, it's fine to ask about any Creative Commons-type privacy disclosure groups that might be formed or forming, but Ask Me isn't for general discussion ("who's in?"). Folks can help answer the question with suggestions of places where this might be happening or where someone could go to have that more general wide-ranging discussion. Thanks all. ]
posted by taz (staff) at 12:16 AM on September 27, 2015

Oops, sorry about that. Let's not talk about the who's in portion, but hopefully there are some thoughts about precedent.
posted by jragon at 7:21 AM on September 27, 2015

I'm not aware of any organization doing what you ask. I'm not a deep expert, but know enough about Internet privacy that I'd be surprised to learn there was something effective that I didn't know about. Unfortunately P3P never went anywhere and is quite dead now.

I like the idea; Creative Commons has been very useful in giving common definition to terms such as "share-alike" for copyright licenses. I'd look to EFF first to organize something like this; they have a long history of Internet privacy advocacy and projects.
posted by Nelson at 9:50 AM on September 27, 2015

I'm a specialist privacy lawyer.

I'm not aware of any standardised CC-licenced text of the kind you are talking about. This is likely because the legal obligations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and the differences in activities between different organisations make it very difficult to have standard text.

However, you might want to look at the NZ Privacy Commissioner's recently released Priv-O-Matic, which is intended as an user friendly way of generating a privacy statement without specialist legal knowledge. Not CC, but if you asked them, they would very likely throw a CC licence on it.

A different approach is privacy icons - basically what you are proposing but in visual form. Mozilla's take. Disconnect's take. Great idea, poor penetration, and very low take up.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 9:05 PM on September 27, 2015 [2 favorites]

Priv o matic link broken - here it is again.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 11:32 PM on September 27, 2015

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