Dear Virginia House and Senate,
Dear Virginia House and Senate,
Photobucket, Dropbox, Imageshack, what will go next?
Dropbox has decided to discontinue their “Public Folder” feature. This means that all images embedded onto the site using it will no longer display, becoming broken links.
As far as alternatives for online image hosting, what are everyone’s favorites?
Monday evening, Donald Trump signed SR Res 34, a bill to slash the FCC’s Internet privacy rules and allow Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T to monitor, collect, and sell the details of their customers’ Internet activity to advertisers.
1. Use DuckDuckGo instead of Google.
2. Do not store personal health info, wallet info or any purchases on your smart phone.
3. Shop via telephone, in person, and/or on your malware protected computer whenever possible.
4. Report all robo calls to: http://complaints.donotcall.gov/complaint/complaintcheck.aspx?panel=2 It’s fast, free, and does not require a user account.
5. Call your congresspersons and object to Trump’s bill. www.vanow.org/represent
I called Shutterfly‘s customer service and for the first time, they requested my name and e-mail so they could login into my account and view my personal photo albums when assisting me.
I was appalled when the service rep began reading my album names and even the names of some people I’ve taken photos of. I would NEVER go through someone’s most personal photos without their permission, not ever. I’m still unable to fathom the business meeting in which someone thought this up as a ‘better way to provide customer service’.
Anyway, I promptly told the customer rep to exit my personal account, no longer caring about resolving my original troubleshooting issue. He said that he could not assist me if he was not inside my account. This is not true as everyone on their staff has their own Shutterfly account they may use as a template when assisting customers.
There’s no need to go into a client’s account. Two additional service reps attempted to reassure me. “We don’t ever actually look at your albums or photos.”
Really? Then why were the names of people I’d photographed being read out loud to me? Why do you ask to login to my account every time I call customer service? Instead try, “How may I assist you?”.
“We’re simply obeying the law.”
Holy schlomoly. There is no law that requires a company to log into a client’s personal accounts for any reason. These are company policies that you elected to enforce.
To My Fellow Shutterfly Customers: If you have an account with Shutterfly, please be aware that the staff now logs into your personal account when assisting you and they may view your albums and photos. Also be careful who you tag and what email addresses you share albums with as they now collect that data and sell it to undisclosed companies.
I have been with Shutterfly for over 10 years because it was made clear to me on multiple occasions that my albums were 100% private, especially from the Shutterfly staff. No exceptions.
If policies have been updated so that Shutterfly now deems copyright of my photos, I as well as the rest of your clients need to be made aware of this immediately. Also, Shutterfly needs to reenable the option of pressing “0” to get to a person immediately.
Through two of Shutterfly’s company mergers, I have always felt safe uploading boudoir photography and my Slumber Parties photos to their server — now, I’m frankly anxious about doing so.
I did not expect this from Shutterfly.
If you’d like to also voice a privacy complaint about this, please call Shutterfly at (888) 225-7159, or send feedback from their website.
Love and revolution,
An Open Letter to Facebook:
I am deeply concerned with your policies on nude photography and imagery. According to your current standards, photos of topless women or semi-naked men are prohibited, as are any photos of lovemaking, yet your corporation approves of images of mutilated and scarred breasts/genitals.
This is shocking.
Anyone who has experienced rape, assault, cutting, or mutilation will tell you that it is traumatizing to scroll down one’s timeline and see explicit photos of mutilated bodies.
Would you show an assault survivor photos of his or her perpetrator over and over and say it was in the name of “campaign advocacy”? No, of course not. So why are you supporting uncensored mutilation photography?
It greatly supports a corrupt value system when imagery of hacked body parts is acceptable for children in the eyes of Facebook, yet photos of naked flower children running free in a field is deemed too traumatizing.
Passionate pleasures, nude photography, (including bodouir and lovemaking photography) is not too frightening for people to handle. On the other hand, images of mutilated body parts is unacceptable. A 6-year-old child should not be exposed to graphic and violent mutilation imagery.
This policy also encourages shame of the body and shame of lovemaking. It slowly desensitizes our minds to images of violence, eventually making us more accepting of physical violence. The breastfeeding-only policy reminds women that she may only display her body if it’s in the ‘service of motherhood’ – not for her own freedoms and pleasures.
Please reconsider your nude photography policies as well as your unrestricted approval of violence-induced mutilation imagery, mastectomy mutilation imagery, and breastfeeding photography.
Violence, at any age, is always more disturbing than pleasures …. always.
I appreciate your time. Thank you.
Ms. Hadley Elizabeth Hunter Hawks