When a Company Is Put Up for Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too

Remember, this was a big deal with Radio Shack and Apple stepped up to try and block it:

Provisions like that act as a sort of data fire sale clause. They are becoming standard among the most popular sites, according to a recent analysis by The New York Times of the top 100 websites in the United States as ranked by Alexa, an Internet analytics firm.

Of the 99 sites with English-language terms of service or privacy policies, 85 said they might transfer users’ information if a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, asset sale or other transaction occurred, The Times’s analysis found. The sites with these provisions include prominent consumer technology companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and LinkedIn, in addition to Hulu.

via When a Company Is Put Up for Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too – The New York Times.

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