Holy complete waiver of privacy, Batman!
AOL’s new terms of service for their AIM service includes that AIM users waive any right to privacy, and that the AIM user allows AOL to the right to reproduce and republish your chats anywhere, any time.
Now, this only applies to users who downloaded an AIM product from AOL, or registered for AIM service with AOL, after February 4, 2004. Got that? So if you have downloaded an AIM product from AOL, or registered for an AIM service (and Aunty believes that just registering a new screen name for an existing AIM account would qualify) within the past year, you are bound by these new terms of service.
This appears to apply to all individual AIM users, and may even apply to businesses using AIM@Work, AOL’s premium business class service. AIM@Work offers web- and voice-conferencing, and lets AIM@Work users use their business email address as their AOL screen name.
Of course, even if it “only” applies to individual users, that’s certainly onerous enough!
|Get notified of new Internet Patrol articles for free!
|Or Read Internet Patrol Articles Right in Your Inbox!
as Soon as They are Published! Only $1 a Month!
Imagine being able to read full articles right in your email, or on your phone, without ever having to click through to the website unless you want to! Just $1 a month and you can cancel at any time!
Here is the relevant text of the new terms of service:
“Although you or the owner of the Content retain ownership of all right, title and interest in Content that you post to any AIM Product, AOL owns all right, title and interest in any compilation, collective work or other derivative work created by AOL using or incorporating this Content. In addition, by posting Content on an AIM Product, you grant AOL, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents and licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote this Content in any medium. You waive any right to privacy. You waive any right to inspect or approve uses of the Content or to be compensated for any such uses.”
Why does Aunty keep hearing in her head “We control the horizontal. We control the vertical”? Probably because this really is the outer limits of waiver of privacy rights.
You can read the full text of the new AIM terms of service here.
|We know you're sick of ads on websites. But we still need to pay to keep the lights on for you. So instead of huge ads and video ads, we use smaller, plainer ads. Still, if you'd like to support the Internet Patrol but not the ads, please consider supporting us here:|
No Paywall Here!
The Internet Patrol is and always has been free. We don't hide our articles behind a paywall, or restrict the number of articles you can read in a month if you don't give us money. That said, it does cost us money to run the site, so if something you read here was helpful or useful, won't you consider donating something to help keep the Internet Patrol free? Thank you!
|Get notified of new Internet Patrol articles!