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Pinterest Reveals Its First Transparency Report

samzenpus posted about 5 months ago | from the who-asked-what dept.

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SmartAboutThings writes "There's been a lot of brouhaha surrounding privacy these days, and despite the fact that Pinterest isn't among the most targeted websites when it comes to government data requests, the company, which is said to have near 80 million users, has decided to make public its first ever transparency report. Given the nature of the service and the fact that it is much smaller than Facebook, it was only natural not to expect too many data requests. According to Pinterest's report, from July to December 2013, the company has received only 7 warrants, 5 subpoenas, 1 civil subpoena, and 0 other requests about 13 user accounts. Compare that to Microsoft which has received more than 35,000 requests during the second half of last year while Facebook received somewhere around 15,000."

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Seriously? "Wind8Apps"? (1, Troll)

GameDevMog (3023363) | about 5 months ago | (#46446203)

When I saw the URL, I went to it half-expecting to have my PC infested with malware. I'm unconvinced that I wouldn't have wound up with malware had I not been running an ad-blocker. Could someone maybe link to a site that seems halfway reputable?

Re:Seriously? "Wind8Apps"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46446221)

If your OS can get infested with malware by viewing a web page, you're using a bad OS.

Re:Seriously? "Wind8Apps"? (1)

GameDevMog (3023363) | about 5 months ago | (#46446335)

Said the AC with his lips firmly wrapped around Linus Torvalds's dick.

Re:Seriously? "Wind8Apps"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46447687)

Doesn't make it not true ...

Re:Seriously? "Wind8Apps"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46446233)

Posting as AC so as to not undo the negative moderation I inflicted on you.

Re:Seriously? "Wind8Apps"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46447271)

Posting this as AC for the same, but opposite moderation, since website reputation is important. Not particularly for the stated reason, but just the general trustworthiness of reportage on poorly-known sites such as TFL.

Re:Seriously? "Wind8Apps"? (1)

SmartAboutThings (1951032) | about 5 months ago | (#46446433)

It's my website, why don't you like its name? it feeds my family :D

Re:Seriously? "Wind8Apps"? (1)

SmartAboutThings (1951032) | about 5 months ago | (#46446453)

speaking of reputable, I regularly submit stories to Slashdot, so I don't see why you're fretting

Re:Seriously? "Wind8Apps"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46447321)

You feel the need to ask why the reputation of a one-person blog matters? Sure, if it was me, I'd be disappointed, but don't dig yourself deeper into that hole of irrelevance.

Re:Seriously? "Wind8Apps"? (1)

SmartAboutThings (1951032) | about 5 months ago | (#46448217)

there are many one-person blogs with quite a reputation. but it's not a 1 person blog, by the way.

So I should do all my illegal stuff... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46446259)

...on pinterest. Duly noted.

"government data requests", anonymity, creepiness (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46446265)

So, speaking as somebody who doesn't do anything wrong (except in that "well everybody does" sense where there's always some obscure law you're probably violating, just because there are so many laws), but also realizes how dangerous it is for governments to be able to collect data on people they don't like:

Why would anyone use a huge site like Facebook, Pinterest, or what have you, and let them have any personally identifiable data? Wouldn't you naturally avoid giving them any personal details, and connect to such data-mining sites through some anonymous proxy? I mean, their whole business is to monetize you!! Do people really like being bought and sold like that? Doesn't it seem... well... creepy? Would you tolerate somebody following you around in the real world with a clipboard and camera and recording every thing you ever do, or see, or read, and everybody you talk to? When they'll do who knows what with that? Wouldn't you consider that to be creepy?

Re: "government data requests", anonymity, creepin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46446351)

Ugg your post revolves around the word creepy.. Which makes you creepy

where are the details? (1)

SuperBanana (662181) | about 5 months ago | (#46446311)

Why can't we see a copy of any of the actual requests?

It's not much "transparency" if you're not showing us anything except high level statistics. We have no way of telling if these requests were abusive or not.

Obviously there are subpoenas and warrants that are sealed, but it's rare that they're sealed indefinitely.

Pinterest (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 5 months ago | (#46446357)

What exactly is the point of that website? From my point of view it went from "totally unknown" to "all pages have a Pinterest button/link next to Facebook and Twitter in their footer".

Re:Pinterest (4, Insightful)

AKabral (1056068) | about 5 months ago | (#46446937)

your post when compared to your signature - priceless.

Re:Pinterest (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 5 months ago | (#46447149)

Indeed. But that still doesn't explain why, of all the hundreds of "social" websites out there, Pinterest made it to the top alongside Twitter and Facebook.

Re:Pinterest (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46447267)

Something about the way pintrest requires you to pin 'something' rather than just making a general rant somehow manages to keep the drama level to a minimum. I think that's made it attractive to lots of people.

Re:Pinterest (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46447377)

Try this simple exercise: make a simple filter for Slashdot that shortens TFS to between five and ten words while still being hopelessly misleading, and adds an image of EITHER a pair of shoes made from distressed barn wood OR a seat crafted comprising an upturned flowerpot with a crocheted doyley on it.

Let the record show (1)

portwojc (201398) | about 5 months ago | (#46446409)

That the defendant did in fact pin the "Lime green lampshade with yellow and purple fringe" at 8:52pm on Friday March 7 of 2013. What does this have to do with anything you ask, besides possibly bad taste? I don't know but that's for you to decide isn;'t it?

Stego. (1)

astro (20275) | about 5 months ago | (#46446653)

Ripe time to take up steganographry...

Re: Stego (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46446725)

What do dinosaurs have to do with this?
I mean, damn, slashdot is just all about crypts and dinosaurs these days!

I thought the govt requires you to give a range (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46451925)

You're supposed to say we got between 0 and 1000, or 1001 and 2000, etc.... you must not give exact numbers.

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