Social media users are confused on data ownership, experts say

12/28/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Social networks use "misleading shorthand" to assuage concerns about privacy and data ownership, legal experts say. While Instagram has tried to reassure users that they retain ownership of photos they post to the network, experts say owning data isn't the same as having control over what the network chooses to do with it. "Unfortunately, the lay audience usually misreads these complicated and nuanced contract provisions, resulting in histrionics ('they "own" me!') or platitudes ('it says right there in the TOS that users own their own data'), neither of which is quite right," law professor Eric Goldman says.

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