Monday, April 11, 2005

Most Privacy Friendly Places On the Web

Jay Cline in Computerworld has taken a scoot around the web to see how the most popular sites stack up with respect to privacy. The yardstick he used to measure are the Safe Harbour principles for compliance with the European Union Privacy Directive. I'd suggest that he use the ten principles from the Canadian Standards Association Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information, but the Safe Harbour Principles are a good place to start.

Safest Places On the Web - Computerworld:

"...So how do we know where our data is safe? The best answer I found is this: We need to look for privacy policies that address the Safe Harbor privacy principles negotiated by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Union. Why? Because these principles represent best practices in privacy and security, and companies that publicly commit to them are at great legal risk if they don't adhere to them. A solid privacy policy is our best guarantee of data safety...."

His findings are well worth the read.

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