Sunday, March 13, 2005
Via Drudge, Eweek, notes that apparently according to new terms of services of AOL's instant messenger product - AIM - you waive any and all privacy rights to the content you transmit via AIM. This includes giving AOL the right to:
"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"
Pretty shocking. I also wonder if there is any issue with federal wiretapping laws. Does this mean that AOL keeps records of all AIM conversations? Not that I use AIM now, but I can pretty much guarantee I never will now. According to the articles, AOL is trying to convince business customers to use AIM for business purposes. I don't think this policy will help that sales pitch.
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