AOL: No Privacy For You On AIM

AOL have changed their Terms of service for AIM (AOL Instance Messenger), and the changes are pretty crazy and unbelievable:

… AOL owns all right, title and interest in any compilation, collective work or other derivative work created by AOL using or incorporating this Content. In addition, by posting Content on an AIM Product, you grant AOL, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents and licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote this Content in any medium. You waive any right to privacy. You waive any right to inspect or approve uses of the Content or to be compensated for any such uses.

Even though the possibility of someone hacking into an AIM session always exists, the idea of AOL openly violating it’s users’ privacy and using their private discussions without their consent is totally unacceptable.

I only used AIM for a short while in the past, but with this I’m sure I’ll never use it again.

[Via: Thrashing Through Cyberspace]

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