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14.03.2005 - 01:05 / filled under default

Jake Ludington looks at some (partly newterms of service for Aim in "AIMing For Your Privacy":

This sets a frightening precedent. What this means, as far as I can tell, is that anything you say using an AIM client is usable by AOL in any capacity they see fit. If you post a creative work of any kind to an AIM affiliated product, AOL can sell that creative work, re-publish that creative work or generally use that creative work in any way they see fit.

It's safe to assume they are logging every IM conversation taking place on the AIM network. Use video chat and the video clip might show up somewhere later. Share a file and the file potentially shows up somewhere else. Using AIM is wholesale forfeiture of your rights to anything taking place within AIM.
And draws the conclusion:
It's high time to replace the standard IM clients with something encrypted so the companies providing service can't see what's being said.
What would be interesting though, if AOL could ever come through with this. Especially on the part of "the user gives up all rights". As far as the German copyright law are involved, I as creator can't waive all rights and will always have the right to claim shares. But this is another topic.

Back to AIM: Never liked it much in the first place (even if my Miranda can do aim). With terms of service like this available - are encrypted alternatives already available?

And for anyone thinking that they don't scan messages because it is too complicated? Wake up. This is 2005, not 1905.

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