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Submission + - Burning Man responds to EFF's criticism of policy 1

Briden writes: Earlier this week, slashdot covered the EFF's criticism of the Burning Man Photo Policy. Burning Man has now responded on their own blog:

"In fact, there are but two essential reasons we maintain these increased controls on behalf of our community: to protect our participants so that images that violate their privacy are not displayed, and to prevent companies from using Burning Man to sell products."

"We don't remove images from pages just because they criticize us (I've never been involved in taking down an image from an editorial blog criticizing Burning Man, and it's certainly not because there haven't been any!). We're also not at all interested preventing participants from sharing their personal imagery or impressions of the event on third party sharing sites in a noncommercial manner, so long as they observe the concerns about privacy and commercialism. We're delighted to see people sharing videos, stories, and pictures on our official Facebook page, and we know that it, along with Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. are representative of the way many of us share personal imagery in the digital age."
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Submission + - Riot police raid facebook user's birthday barbecue (theregister.co.uk) 1

Anonymouse writes: "The police spend their time trawling our private information on Facebook looking for criminals, Welcome to 1984:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/17/police_raid_birthday_barbecue_facebook_invitation/

Riot police stormed a man's 30th birthday barbecue for 15 guests because it was advertised as an "all-night" party on Facebook.

Four police cars, a riot van, and a force helicopter were dispatched to a privately-owned field in a small village near Sowton, Devon in the UK on Saturday, ordering the party shut down or everyone would be arrested.
The birthday barbecue was busted up before they even had a chance to plug the music in, reports the BBC ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/devon/8155441.stm )

It was about 4pm when eight officers with camouflage pants and body armor jumped out of their vehicles and ordered everyone out about an hour into the party. [...] The police had full-on camouflage trousers on and body-armour, it was ridiculous. There were also several plain-clothes officers as well [...] they kept on insisting it has been advertised it as an all-night rave on the internet. The times on it were put as "overnight" in case people wanted to sleep-over, but after being explained this they were still banging on saying it was advertised on the internet. They wouldn't accept it wasn't a rave. It was in a completely isolated field.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1200310/Police-raid-30th-birthday-barbecue-man-used-Facebook-invite-friends.html"

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