disclosure

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A disclosure is a bit of content, typically on a home page, on an indie web site that proactively discloses some aspect about the site that the site owner wants the user to explicitly be aware of. E.g.

  • cookie tracking
  • analytics
  • affiliations with organizations (sometimes on specific posts that are topically related to those organizations)
  • services provided, such as webmentions
  • privacy policy, as it involves the above
  • contact information is anything in the disclosure is incorrect

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IndieWeb Examples

Jeremy Zilar

Jeremy Zilar on his silencematters.com sidebar, has a Google Analytics disclosure and links to opt out and learn more:
Note:
I use Google Analytics to understand how people are using my website.
Opt-out | Learn more

Sebastiaan Andeweg

Sebastiaan Andeweg has a page on https://seblog.nl/privacy containing information about showing backfeed, citing posts, (no) tracking etc. since 2017-02-18. The page is linked in the footer of every page.

Backfeed Examples

Backfeed, even from public silo profiles, may not be an obvious consequence by commenters/likers of POSSE copies. Thus it makes sense, especially for silo private accounts and private posts by default, explicitly disclose on your silo profile that you are / may be backfeeding comments/likes etc. to your own site.

Kyle Mahan Instagram

Kyle Mahan has had a backfeed disclosure on his Instagram profile since 2015-??-??:
heads up: images are also published on my personal site by #OwnYourGram. comments and likes are backfed by Brid.gy.

Tantek Facebook

Tantek Çelik has had a backfeed disclosure on his Facebook profile "Intro" field since 2016-060:
Posts here come from my site tantek.com
Comments/likes may be copied to original posts & made public!

Kartik Prabhu Twitter

Kartik Prabhu has a backfeed disclosure on his Twitter profile since 2016-02-29:
All responses backfed to my site. You have been warned!

Michael Bishop

Michael Bishop I have a pinned post on Twitter, and on 2017-07-18 made an announcement on Facebook to friends & family to assume all posts are public, reactions/comments backed to my personal domain. Also added disclosure to bio/intro.

Silo Examples

Silo examples of disclosures nearly always mention some form of cookie tracking (and hopefully why), as well as one or more of the following:

  • Cookies Policy
  • Terms of Service (TOS)
  • Privacy Policy

(additional specific research for each of those may deserve its own page)

Facebook

(this section is a stub, feel free to expand!)

Upon loading a Facebook profile page (perhaps any FB page) in Germany (having already been logged beforehand in the US), Facebook shows a cookie disclosure statement above their normal top of page toolbar:

2016-09-18-fb-cookies-disclosure.png

To help personalize content, tailor and measure ads, and provide a safer experience, we use cookies. By clicking or navigating the site, you agree to allow our collection of information on and off Facebook through cookies. Learn more, including about available controls: Cookies Policy

Twitter

(this section is a stub, feel free to expand!)

Upon visiting the Twitter homepage or a profile page (possibly all other pages to) in the Netherlands while being logged out, Twitter shows a cookie and data transfer disclosure statement in a floating alert box.

2016-09-18-twitter-data-disclosure.png (and with Toolbar - note background based on profile page, since Twitter's disclosure is overlaid on top of the profile, instead of pushing it down) 2016-09-18-twitter-cookie-use.png

By using Twitter’s services you agree to our Cookie Use and Data Transfer outside the EU. We and our partners operate globally and use cookies, including for analytics, personalisation, and ads.

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