Did you realize that deviantART
Privacy is important so I feel that it is necessary to commence dialogue on this issue; it has been ignored long enough.
Here are some examples of privacy policies, both in and out of the community:
Why does deviantART
, a website that is ranked within the top 500 most trafficked websites
regarding privacy policies and the websites you visit. Interestingly enough it appears that deviantART, Inc. may be in violation of, at least, a California online privacy protection law
is an interesting read.
This does not mean that they can take your art and do with it as they please; what they are legally allowed to do with your submissions is covered by the submission agreement.
Personally identifiable information such as your full name, email address, mailing address, gender, location, and other facts that may be used to identify you, could be sold to a marketing firm among other more sinister deeds. No legal covenant has been executed that forbids deviantART from reading private notes between deviants; nothing in places prohibits the staff from altering public and private comments, journals and other interactivity.
Since deviantART, Inc. records all interactivity that takes place on the site they have an easy way of outlining your entire deviant history. If the government, law enforcement or just a lawyer with a simple legal document were to ask for a copy of that information then deviantART, Inc. may very well turn that over. They are not obligated to keep any information private since they have not entered in to a privacy agreement with you.
There is absolutely no mechanism in place to keep deviantART, Inc. from giving away your personal information or the interactivity that you have engaged in on deviantART. In short, anything and everything that you do on deviantART may very well be sold for profit or used against you, for whatever reason, at the sole discretion of management.
So many scenarios exist regarding how, and why, deviantART could be placed in a position where they are asked to turn this type of information over that I will not even begin to explore that area. They range from the obscure to the conspiracy-theory-like to just simple, everyday things.
Tell the management of deviantART, Inc.
Privacy is paramount. Just because they say that they will never do anything threatening does not mean they will follow through with that promise. Protect yourself in the interim and insist that deviantART, Inc. start acting like a responsible business.
Take action and safeguard yourself.