Connecting to friends and family is an important part of everyone’s life. And doing so through social networks is easier than ever. But connecting with people close to you never included the idea that your messages and information might be made available and for sale to anyone and everyone.
This is where many of today’s social networks aren’t aligned with what people really need. Social networks, especially the ones like Facebook that are publicly owned by shareholders, are under a tremendous amount of pressure to earn money and boost their stock price — and, of course, the “product” they have to sell is your information.
People who use social networks do so to enhance their ability to connect to friends and family — not to connect to products and services (they can do that anywhere). For-profit social networks like Facebook and Instagram are driven by how they can get more information to sell to advertisers, third-party developers and so on. Your information.
How Instagram and Facebook Fumbled
Instagram says the policy was misunderstood and misinterpreted. However, I believe it does reveal their true long-term intent: to gather your information and turn it into a revenue stream. For example: Facebook has often disregarded their users’ privacy and been fined by the Federal Trade Commission.
CaringBridge Takes Your Privacy Very Seriously
Personally, I enjoy Facebook, and Instagram is great, too. Learning from their history of handling confidential information, we know how to treat people who trust CaringBridge: to protect their personal materials and respect their privacy needs.
That’s why CaringBridge makes the needs of people our top priority. Because for those who use our services every day and are staying connected with family and friends during a health experience, knowing that their information is not being used for other purposes means a lot to them. With that in mind:
- We will never sell your information to an advertiser or other third party — a common practice on other sites.
- No ads appear on CaringBridge Sites — they just don’t belong there.
- You can select from three privacy levels on our sites:
- You can choose to allow anyone access to your site.
- You can require registration for people to enter.
- You can limit access only to people on an “invite” list you create.
We focus on creating a safe, protected experience for anyone using CaringBridge. You own everything you put onto one of our sites.
In fact, people’s needs drive every decision we make when we add new CaringBridge services or improve existing ones. Sure, this limits all the different ways we could make money, but we’re not here for shareholders (we have none). We’re here for you.
Read more about Instagram’s privacy issues.
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