Since the dawn of the digital age, one of the largest concerns virtual surfers have regarding their browsing habits is their online privacy. In the aftermath of the Edward Snowden incident, concerns surrounding the privacy of information posted on social media have been rekindled, and the efficacy of online privacy policies have been called into question.
Many social media websites have changed their privacy policies to allow a more transparent online experience, and many social media users, specifically Facebook users, have moved towards making their profiles completely private, to be visible only to friends. There is, however, no wholly effective way to ensure full online privacy. But that doesn’t mean we don’t do everything in our power to try.
The Verification Process
- The stringency of the OurHood sign-up process is used for the purpose of verifying addresses and ensuring authenticity of identity only. The privacy of the verification process ensures that users who claim to be living in a particular neighbourhood do in fact live there.
- This verification process is more effective than a neighbourhood Facebook group, as these groups have no strict verification process, and subsequently have no way to determine whether or not a user actually lives in a particular area. These groups are also in many cases not private, and may be visible to more people than intended.
- Interactions between users remain private, however it is encouraged that users do not share personal information, publically or privately, with unknown persons.
Seeing as though it is #privacymonth we at OurHood feel this is a relevant topic to share with our users to ensure their safety online.
If you have any further questions, concerns, or queries regarding the policy, or any other part of OurHood, feel free to drop an e-mail to [email protected].
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