[cc-community] Creative Commons for privacy policies?

Ben Moskowitz benrito at gmail.com
Fri Apr 8 14:20:23 EDT 2011

I'm involved in this project, which has a lot of people excited but ends up being a lot harder than it seems.

Some more reading:

An "alpha" release, imagining how they might work

Reaction in Wired:

Related resources:

It'd be great to hear if folks on this list are interested in working on the idea.


On Apr 8, 2011, at 11:14 AM, Diane Peters wrote:

> fyi, a similarly-spirited project:  https://www.drumbeat.org/en-US/projects/privacy-icons/
> On Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 10:27 AM, Jonathan Roberts <jonrob.one at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I sent the message below to the ORG-discuss list earlier today, and it
> was recommended that I enquire here too.
> ---------
> So, I'm not a lawyer, and I don't really know much about this
> particular issue, but I was wondering whether the following would be
> feasible or even useful?
> Privacy policies are often terse and difficult to read, the result
> being that often the users who are effected by these policies don't
> really understand what they're agreeing to. Was it not a similar
> situation that Creative Commons sought to address with its set of
> licenses: providing the legal version, which is perhaps just as terse
> as any other license, as well as a human readable version that spelled
> out a user's rights in clear, everyday language. Perhaps it would be
> an interesting project to investigate the creation of a set of generic
> privacy policies that included both a legal and a human readable
> version?
> This could have the potential to make it easier for small, independent
> websites to operate sound privacy policies as well. Often independent
> businesses on the web need to collect user data, e.g. addresses,
> names, e-mail etc.  for legitimate reasons, but they don't know what
> laws they have to comply with or how they can safely communicate this
> information to users. A generic set of human readable privacy
> statements might be useful in this situation?
> I imagine there would be some issues that would need to be overcome -
> for instance, there is probably a fairly wide range of data types that
> are collected, so speaking in generic terms might be hard given the
> wide range of possibilities it would have to cover. At the very least,
> it seems an interesting possibility to me.
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> While not directly related to licensing, I imagine some people here
> might share an interest in these topics and, possibly, could advise on
> whether or not similar projects already exist or offer insights from
> the work of Creative Commons before we set out on any such venture.
> There are a few more mails on the ORG-discuss list, with a number of
> people who have expressed an interest.
> Best wishes,
> Jon
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