Privacy has been in the news quite a lot lately–I’m excited to see privacy norms materialize, and watching in real-time how companies negotiate the need to be networked with the emerging rules of privacy norms.
Netflix is canceling its Netflix Prize Sequel due to user privacy concerns. According to their blog:
In the past few months, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asked us how a Netflix Prize sequel might affect Netflix members’ privacy, and a lawsuit was filed by KamberLaw LLC pertaining to the sequel. With both the FTC and the plaintiffs’ lawyers, we’ve had very productive discussions centered on our commitment to protecting our members’ privacy.
We have reached an understanding with the FTC and have settled the lawsuit with plaintiffs. The resolution to both matters involves certain parameters for how we use Netflix data in any future research programs.
Facebook will be funding a $6 million “digital trust fund” as a result of the Beacon class action lawsuit. According to Business Insider,
The foundation will be chaired by UC Berkeley’s Chris Jay Hoofnagle, Facebook’s public policy director Tim Sparapani, and privacy advocate Larry Magid.
Infochimps, on the other hand, is selling user playlists, mood updates, mobile updates, photos, vents, reviews, blog posts, names and zipcodes from MySpace.