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Privacy Questions?

By   |  Sep. 15, 2011

UPDATED Sept. 20: Since the launch of the Chapter 1 download last week, a few people have had questions about privacy and the Pay with a Tweet service.

We want to address those questions here, since we’re as concerned about information privacy as you are.

After a week of having the button on the site and reviewing this service, we’ve decided to remove “Pay with a Tweet”.

We have removed the Pay with a Tweet service due to some issues we had with the way it functions. Any information we collected through the sign up process is to be used exclusively by Affective Design and Morgan Kaufmann for sending out updates about the book. Affective Design will never lease, sell, rent or loan your information to any third party.

For those of you not familiar with Pay with a Tweet, it’s an application that works with Twitter, where users can exchange a customizable tweet for some item of content.

As Pay with a Tweet is a third party service, we do not have control over how it handles data. Our attempts to communicate with the creators to get some of our questions about privacy addressed have gone unanswered. After a week of having the button on the site and reviewing this service, we’ve decided to remove “Pay with a Tweet”.

With OAuth appplications, the standard Twitter sign up page requires the user to agree to a number of conditions that some users may find to be excessive. Pay with a Tweet is not different from other OAuth applications in this respect, but the terms on the Twittter sign up page are inconsistent with the terms on the Pay with a Tweet “Terms” page.

Affective Design will never lease, sell, rent or loan your information to any third party.

While many users do not find such conditions onerous, we recognize that a number of our users might, so we’ve removed “Pay with a Tweet” from the site.

I hope this helps to address some of the questions we’ve received about privacy. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:

EMAIL: info [at] designforemotion [dot] com

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