Wouldn’t Privnote be better if it had a privacy policy?

Update (added 7/10): Privnote now has a Privacy Policy: https://privnote.com/privacy/

Last week ReadWriteWeb profiled Privnote, which provides a service that purportedly allows you to send messages that will self destruct upon being read by the recipient. Great for back channel communications or the transmission of other private or sensitive information.  Intriguing, to say the least.

So I checked it out, scrolling to the bottom of the page to read the site’s privacy policy. You’d think a site touting a service like this would let you know exactly what happens to the data sent through its system. But unfortunately it doesn’t. Can it go into its database and retrieve the “destroyed” information? Is it compiling a profile on me? Would Privnote turn the info over to the feds or anyone else armed with a subpoena? Inquiring minds would like to know.

3 thoughts on “Wouldn’t Privnote be better if it had a privacy policy?

  1. Niki Black - July 8, 2008

    Interesting point. If emails are stored on their system somewhere, I wouldn't be at all surprised if they handed over the info. when faced with a subpoena.

  2. Pablo Hoffman - July 9, 2008

    Hi, I'm Pablo from the Privnote team. I wanted to let you know that we have just published our Privacy Policy at https://privnote.com/privacy/ (also linked from home page).

  3. Lorra - July 14, 2008

    Hi ,

    Its bad to know that any website doesn't have their own " Privacy Policy " .

    But its good to know that you 've noticed the comments and immediately take the action on it .

    Hope for the best in future.

    With best regards ,

    Lorra .

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