Monthly Archives: August 2012

Do you really own your Tweets?

True or false? When you share your information with a public cloud service, you give up “ownership” rights to that data?

Well, as some Twitter users can tell you, when an official legal request is involved, that statement is definitely true.

During the first half of this year alone, Twitter received 679 legal requests for user information – and ending up releasing the data 75 percent of the time. This came to light most recently when a Twitter user was threatening to spearhead a shooting rampage in a theatre following the tragic events in Aurora, CO. Thankfully, the threats did not materialize.

Most public cloud providers have written policies about users’ rights when it comes to their data. Twitter’s states that the company will share data about user activity “as lawfully required by appropriate legal process such as a subpoena, court order, or other valid legal process.”

It’s a good reminder to carefully weigh the pros and cons of going the public- versus private-cloud route, know how your data could be used, and whether or not the information you make “public” is rightfully yours.

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