A few weeks back, Cornell Professor Emin Gün Sirer accused the popular social tipping platform ChangeTip for lacking well-intentioned privacy policies, due to the fact that the company links users’ data on social media platforms like Facebook, Reddit and Twitter; thus, making their private information vulnerable to interested parties.
ChangeTip’s CEO Nick Sullivan however rubbished the claims made by Prof Sirer and told CoinDesk about their policy which clearly says that they will not sell users’ data to third parties without their permission. He further showed-off his professional track records for always opposing anti-privacy policies, and said he helped create a do-not-track policy during his five-year tenure as the vice-president of Krux Digital.
The response given by Sullivan though didn’t satisfy Prof Sirer, as he went on writing against ChangeTip. In his next comments he asked the company to outline an official response that is beyond ‘we’re good people and can do wrong’ explanations.
“Mark Karpeles, Danny Brewster and Alex (Ryan Kennedy) Green were all good people once,” Prof Sirer said. “Everyone who violates social norms has some story that starts out with them being good people. The ChangeTip ToS [terms of service] needs to be so good that it stands on its own, without reference to the personal history of the company officers.”
“They need to tackle the hard questions and, if they want good will from society at large, demonstrate that they are not just trying to make a buck at the expense of others,” he concluded. “I have full faith in their team, and hope to see them prosper by improving the quality of discussion in online communities.”