Last week, CDT organized the first West Coast PrivacyCamp, focused on privacy in social networks. The turnout was great – with representatives attending from Twitter, Google, EFF, ACLU, Rapleaf and many other Silicon Valley standouts. Following the agenda-setting process of previous camps, we convened twice during the day to determine the morning and afternoon break-out discussions. The crowd was very active on Twitter, and lunch was accompanied by some great remarks on the future of Web identity by Craigslist founder, Craig Newmark.
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Not unexpectedly, many of the conversations focused on Facebook’s recent privacy changes and the impact not only on user expectations, but on user loyalty. Conversations also raised interesting questions about how to avoid the various consequences of oft-changing privacy policies, either through add-ons or migrating to alternative social networks. Unfortunately, many of the attendees agreed that there was very little incentive for social media networks monetizing user information to change the trend of current practices.