Recently you have created an account for a new Social Network website that is getting increasingly popular.


3::Privacy policy
1::End User License Agreement
2::Privacy Settings

Indeed privacy policies are the common name of documents/statements used by service providers in which they detail how your privacy is treated and how your personal data can be used by them (i.e. which personal data are being collected, for which purposes, recipients of your data etc.). Such information constitutes a legal obligation for the service provider with regard to data protection (see Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, as well as the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 which shall apply from 25 May 2018, available here: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/reform/files/regulation_oj_en.pdf).

 

Unfortunately in the context of this scenario this answer is not correct. An End User License Agreement or EULA is a legal document that you are often asked to accept when creating a new account in a service. However the EULA relates with Intellectual Property and Copyright and not with Privacy and Data Protection. The correct answer is privacy policy, a document/statement where service providers detail how your privacy is treated and how your personal data can be used by them (i.e. which personal data are being collected, for which purposes, recipients of your data etc.). Such information constitutes a legal obligation for the service provider with regard to data protection (see Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, as well as the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 which shall apply from 25 May 2018, available here: available here: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/reform/files/regulation_oj_en.pdf).

 

Unfortunately in the context of this scenario this answer is not correct – although privacy settings are indeed important for your privacy. Usually Social Network Sites offer opportunities to users to tweak how other people can see their information. For example on Facebook, you can decide if your pictures can be seen by your friends only or also by the friends of your friends. These are the privacy settings and are important for protecting your privacy. However, the correct answer is privacy policy, which is a document/statement where service providers detail how your privacy is treated and how your personal data can be used by them (i.e. which personal data are being collected, for which purposes, recipients of your data etc.). Such information constitutes a legal obligation for the service provider with regard to data protection (see Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, as well as the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 which shall apply from 25 May 2018, available here: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/reform/files/regulation_oj_en.pdf).


When you created the account you were asked to agree to certain rules about how the website provider will treat your privacy and personal data.

What is the common name given to the document you agree with in cases like this?