Privacy Policy Shenanigans


Shenanigans = "tricky or questionable practices or conduct." So if a website has “shenanigans” as part of its name then they probably don’t even have a privacy policy, right? It ain’t necessarily so.

There’s Butterscotch Shenanigans , “a fiercely independent game studio of three brothers”—who all apparently have hipster beards if their silhouette icons are accurate.  Their privacy, security and data collection and sharing policy is pretty standard issue.

If you dare, you might instead end up at Evil Shenanigans, a site with a name that sounds bad for your privacy. Turns out it offers “exceptional recipes that are good for your taste buds but bad for your waistline!  Life is short, eat the food you love!” Despite the site billing itself as evil, its privacy policy  even includes a link to the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Consumer Choice Page where users can learn about ways to opt-out of behavioral advertising.

Proving that the Internets now officially has a website for everything there is Dubai Shenanigans. It’s a place to help emirate millennials looking for a wine-tasting event or other social activities and is offered by “a couple of self-confessed party girls who have become accustomed to having the finer things in life delivered to a high standard and we think everyone should have access to the same opportunities that we consistently enjoy!” Uhm, OK … but the site does offer a policy that covers the privacy and security basics.

Now having a posted privacy policy is one thing and living up to the promises made by any company in its privacy policy is another. But the fact that these three kind of outlier websites have a policy posted at all illustrates how far things have come since the early Wild West days of the World Wide Web.

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