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Privacy & Chat Logs

Post by Nalates » Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:26 am

The privacy issue has gotten interesting over on MOUL...

The thread has brought up the matter of privacy and chat logs. I'm pretty sure the MOUL forum and ToC for MOULa do not address the issue.

The ToS for SL requires the express permission of all involved in the chat before the chat log can be posted. It is not heavily enforced. But getting involved in a controversy about not having permission can put your account at risk.

Forum information is very public. In game conversations are much more limited. Only those in game and nearby get to see the chat.

What is the best way to handle chat logs?

Requiring all people to consent allows a single holdout to create an issue.

And in a special circumstance, if one does not have, say Fred's, permission and wants to publish the log, is it ok if they remove the name and other ID'ing comments and then post the log?

What about major RP events, special circumstances like a Cyanist visit, controversies that migrate from the Cavern to the forum? Can one person holdout and block the posting?

What is proof of consent/permission?
Sl ToS wrote:Our Privacy Policy sets forth the conditions under which you provide personal and other information to us. You understand and agree that through your use of the Service you consent to the collection and use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy. If you object to your information being used in this way, please do not use the Service.
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We collect a range of personal information and usage statistics to maintain a high-quality user experience and deliver superior customer service. We request some information directly from you during registration. We gather other pieces of data indirectly from Website traffic, your computer hardware and Internet connection, or your Second Life activities, communications and usage.
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In-World Conduct: We [LL] may collect and retain any other information relating to your account data or in-world activities including chat or IM logs, IP address and logs, places visited in Second Life, and other users or parties to whom you transfer Linden dollars or other objects.
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Information Displayed to or Collected By Other Users
Certain account information is displayed to other users in your Second Life profile, and may be available through automated script calls and application program interfaces. This information includes your account name, account type, the date your account was established, whether or not you are currently online, user rating information, group and partner information, and whether or not you have established a payment account or transaction history with Linden Lab. Further, you agree and understand that Linden Lab does not control and is not responsible for information, privacy or security practices concerning data that you provide to, or that may otherwise be collected by, Second Life users other than Linden Lab. For instance, some services operated by Second Life users may provide content that is accessed through and located on third party (non-Linden Lab) servers that may log IP addresses.
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Disclosing Personal Information in Profiles, Forums or within Second Life
You may choose to disclose personal information in our online forums, via your Second Life profile, directly to other users in chat or otherwise while using Second Life. Please be aware that such information is public information and you should not expect privacy or confidentiality of this information.
[... One of the Big-Six Behaviors that are grounds for suspention is:]
Disclosure
Residents are entitled to a reasonable level of privacy with regard to their Second Life experience. Sharing personal information about a fellow Resident --including gender, religion, age, marital status, race, sexual preference, and real-world location beyond what is provided by the Resident in the First Life page of their Resident profile is a violation of that Resident's privacy. Remotely monitoring conversations, posting conversation logs, or sharing conversation logs without consent are all prohibited in Second Life and on the Second Life Forums.
Last edited by Nalates on Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:32 am, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Added quote of SL ToS
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