Cloud computing is a terrific idea. The ability to be able to access your data and services wherever you are, on whatever device you're on, is the perfect scenario for most people. Unfortunately we're not quite at the point where we can depend solely upon the cloud for all of our digital needs. Without a persistent connection, many services are rendered useless and we're stuck without our data. A very recent example of this is the current debacle that EA is facing with the relaunch of its smash hit title SimCity.
A robot dragonfly, a new-born baby and a museum. They all have one thing in common, that they were crowd-funded through the platform, Indiegogo.
Founded by Danae Ringelmann, Slava Rubin, and Eric Schel in 2008, Indiegogo aims to democratise the way that the world supports and funds campaigns for the arts, charity, government, technology and more.
I caught up with Danae at London Web Summit to ask her about what inspired the site, her favourite projects and the future of the platform.
Already with the ability for projects to be funded internationally in dollars, pound sterling and euros, Indiegogo has been a global site from the very start. On Monday, March 4th 2013, Indiegogo announced its partnership with Adyen, the global payments solution. This allows the site to take payments by PayPal, credit card, bank transfers, giros and more, throughout Europe and Canada. Adyen will continue to add new local payment methods for Indiegogo in other geographies in the coming months.
Check out my video interview above for all of the details about the new partnership between Indiegogo and Adyen.
Last Friday saw the return of London Web Summit. In 2012 Paddy Cosgrave and his team arrived in the UK to bring us our first large scale tech event, since FOWA dropped the ball after 2008. They set the bar high, but this year managed to knock it out of the park.
Lulu, formerly Luluvise, is a social-networking site and app for 'girls by girls'. The premise sounds fairly innocent enough, but when you realise that the founders seem to be living the often parodied lives of American high school girls from the Lindsay Lohan smash hit film "Mean Girls", things take a bit of a turn from the worse. Not content with undoing a hundred years or so of female equality in the fight against misogyny, Lulu centres around one thing, sex. Most importantly, Lulu revolves around talking about repeatedly shagging your "sexy CEO" male boss up against his desk and then rating him on his performance, looks and pong (yes, his scent) afterwards.
Lulu works by scraping the friend data of any budding Kardashian trainee who dares to sign up using Facebook Connect. You can only use the app if your Facebook profile says that you're female (sorry genderqueer folks) and men are prohibited from seeing the profiles created for them by the service and the harpies that control it.
Over the weekend I reached out to Lulu and asked them to provide details of how men could request access to view and then either change or remove their personal data.
Although the company is registered in the US, it trades and operates out of the UK and so falls under jurisdiction of the Data Protection Act. The ICO (Information Commissioners Office) requires all companies who process personal data on computers to register as a "data controller". The Act allows individuals to perform subject access requests on any organisation processing their personal data and gives provisions for the stopping and removal.
Lulu's response to my request concerning their data protection policies is below:
Dear Mr Leydon,
We can provide the requested information contributed to the database by registered user(s) of the Lulu app to anyone personally affected by it if he sends us the following:
· Proof of identity (a screenshot of passport, bank statement or utility bill will suffice); and
· Facebook Username (look for what comes after www.facebook.com/... when logged into one's Facebook account and see also attached for a visual explanation).
As soon as I have this information, we can send him the information regarding Lulu Reviews of him (if any) created by girls on Lulu.
Please also note that we have a progressive takedown policy and can permanently remove any man from Lulu (and/or LuluDude if he has registered for the complementary male product). This means that all reviews (if any) would be deleted and no one can review him going forward. For this, I also need his Facebook username.
I hope this helps answer your questions. Please let me know if you need anything else.
Whilst Lulu will provide you with the personal information it holds about you and will also remove it, unfortunately it fails to understand its role as a Data Controller in the UK. Whilst the data held about its users is defined by Lulu as "User Generated Content" the storage and processing of the data is still done by Lulu, on their IT services and not by the user, making them Data Controllers.
Still, a round of applause must be given to Lulu, for providing a 'progressive takedown policy', although I do wonder if "permanent deletion" prevents their app from reimporting men's data when another female user signs up again.
There you have it, a nice guide on how to remove your data from Lulu.