YouTube Must Give All User Histories To Viacom
After Scientology's DMCA request on Slashdot we made an active choice to squash data on users to limit the possibility of this sort of request. We randomized incoming trackable data on users and tossed everything but aggregate data for long term storage.
For one, we simply did not need to keep terabytes of log data sitting around collecting dust. Secondly, while the data might be useful for determining trends we risked our user's privacy. We believed this was unacceptable. One court request and we could be handing over who knows what to any company that could find an uneducated judge to sign away the privacy of millions. The data was just not that valuable.
What would I like to see?
Sites handing control of data retention over to users.
It would be good to see more sites give users the opportunity to have their tracking information removed after a period of time from companies databases.
We could start a trend by having websites publish data retention policies .
So what would it take to make this happen? Would peer pressure work? I am not in favor of creating more laws.
What if we petition sites to make steps in this direction. A few at a time, with a goal of long term of putting peer pressure on sites that do not follow the lead of user privacy oriented sites.
Is this too much too ask for?