YourNextMP and India trip discussion on YAPC Radio

For the UK general election I ran a project to list all of the candidates and gather their contact details: YourNextMP. It was a success and as a result I was invited to join the Prime Minister on the recent India Delegation.

I’ve a large number of notes and thoughts that I’ll be publishing here in due course – but for now there is an interview with me about it available to download:

YAPC::EU::2010 Radio – Episode 3

The interview with me starts about 5 minutes in. There are many Perl conferences and workshops held every year, YAPC::EU is the largest and this year was in Pisa – just days after the India trip.

Writing a Facebook privacy policy

As part of creating a Facebook app you have to come up with a Terms of Service and a Privacy Policy. Facebook insist – although a fair few apps don’t seem to have them.

The privacy policy says what data you collect and how you store and use it. The terms of service is who gets the blame if something goes wrong.

To get inspiration I took a closer look at some policies that are out there on the net. Here are some of the more interesting ones I found:

Zynga (makers of FarmVille) aren’t closing any doors on future data sources:

We may use information about you that we collect from other sources, including but not limited to newspapers and Internet sources such as blogs, instant messaging services, Zynga games and other users of Zynga, to supplement your profile.

Christopher Penn’s blog takes a less formal approach but it is at least crystal clear:

… Don’t ever submit to me anything you wouldn’t put up on a public bulletin board …

And finally JavaRanch has one that is short and sweet:

Be nice.

I suppose I’ll tread the middle ground  – trying to avoid the pointless legalese but also trying to be a little more specific.