Proposed new Privacy Statement (draft) March 6, 2008Posted by ClustrMaps Team in News.
[UPDATE 2: See posting of 27th March 2009 about new privacy/cookie wording]
[UPDATE 1: AS OF 13TH MARCH 2008, THE DRAFT WORDING BELOW SUPERSEDES THE ORIGINAL WORDING]
Current wording: “ClustrMaps Ltd is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, rent, or give away this information to others in any way.”
Draft new wording: “ClustrMaps Ltd is the sole owner of the information collected on this site and through facilities described in the Description of Service above. We will not sell, share, rent, or give away such information, above and beyond what is already visible in the public domain through our sites and services, or as may be required to comply with due process of law. In cases where such ‘due process of law’ is involved, we will assess and deal with the legal implications and advise any affected users of our services accordingly.”
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Explanation: This new wording is intended to state, in a more explicit manner, two things that were left implicit previously, namely: (i) that information that is already visible to the public, such as URLs in ‘league tables’ like our Top 1000 free users or associated map information, which our Terms of Service already describe, is still visible to the public, (that’s what ClustrMaps is all about, and as mentioned here ClustrMaps+ users are already kept out of such leage tables anyway), and (ii) we need to remain compliant with due legal processes. Regarding ‘due legal processes’, if information is requested (e.g. through a court summons or subpoena) we will have to consider how to deal with it accordingly in order to comply with the relevant laws, taking formal legal advice concerning which legal jurisdictions are appropriate, and in such cases we will of course inform any user affected by such a summons or subpoena before taking any further action.
More concretely, your very-fine-grained data (IP addresses and locations and numbers of visitors to your site from each IP address, as well as your login information and email address) is secure and private – but in the worst-case scenario it may be demanded of us by a legal authority, exactly as they may demand of any hit counter or tracking tool or service! We will then have to consider whether THAT legal authority takes precedence over your privacy, our rights as provider of the ClustrMaps Services, our relationship with you (which we value most highly), and the UK Data Protection Act. These decisions are not easy, and no such requests have ever been made of us, but we need to be prepared for such eventualities. In such cases we would of course keep any affected users completely informed of our decision-making processes throughout!