Let’s Talk About Privacy (but Not in Russian or Hindi)
The world is increasingly talking about privacy these days. But when people try to read the actual privacy policies of major social networking sites, they often must do so in English.
Facebook’s translation posture is particularly poor, as explained in a new paper by Carnegie Mellon University researchers, accepted at an upcoming privacy conference in France:
Twitter is also spotty:
“In the Japanese Twitter, as in nine other languages, a paragraph about cookies is in English. The rest of the page is in the target language.”
By contrast, LinkedIn’s policies are fully translated in all 15 of the languages the site uses. Google+ fares well, and Flicker falls in the middle.
A nice chart in the paper spells out the details. In the wake of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s recommendations for protecting consumer privacy, they are very much worth reading for a better sense of whether major companies are walking the current talk.
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