Internet Inbox Cleaning Company Cannot Be Sued For Selling Customer Data When Contract States That They “May” | PARDALIS & NOHAVICKA PRIVACY LAW UPDATE
The first lesson: the word “may” can have different meanings in different contexts. There is a difference between “X may happen” (a possibility) and “we may do X” (permission).
The second lesson: No such thing as a free inbox scrub.
Q: Can Internet companies sell personal data?
A: If users agree to privacy policies that say they "may" sell personal data, the user has granted a company the ability to sell their personal data without legal repercussions.
Q: What if I do not want to sign over the right to sell my personal data?
A: Contracts that are dense, "take-it-or-leave-it" contracts, do not allow individuals to make reservations for certain clauses. If you are uncomfortable with a "take-it-or-leave-it" privacy clause, avoid allowing the company in question by not signing the contract, and not retaining their services.