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Last updated October 27, 2011

Khula Project: Creating Human-Readable Privacy Policies

We are creating Human-Readable Privacy Policies to clearly explain how your information is used and shared online.

Khula Project: Creating Human-Readable Privacy Policies

We are creating Human-Readable Privacy Policies to clearly explain how your information is used and shared online.

$110
pledged of $14,000pledged of $14,000 goal
12
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 27 2011 12:14 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 27, 2011

About

Thank you for all of your support.

We knew this would not be easy and we knew Kickstarter was not the ideal platform to raise the money we needed to developer a human-readable privacy policy.

We are not giving up but we are scaling back the project. For the time being we will be focusing on building human-readable privacy policies of popular online services to encourage user trust and increase privacy awareness.

We are going to begin this phase with the launch of the Facebook Human-Readable Privacy Policy in the coming weeks. We will also launch a donation button on our website (khulaproject.com) to fund some of the basic needs of the project (e.g. web hosting, basic office expanses…). While we will be working at a slower pace we will continue to move forward with the project.

We hope you will stay with us as we keep working to make privacy easier to understand online.

Thank you again for all of your support during the project.

P.S. The easiest way to stay up-to-date with our progress is to subscribe to our email newsletter on khulaproject.com

Over the past year there has been an avalanche of privacy issues, from LinkedIn’s use of profile photos in advertising to Facebook’s seemingly never-ending privacy troubles.  Privacy problems destroy users’ confidence and bring complicated restrictions to online services.

We know nearly all of these issues could be completely avoided with a clear understanding of the privacy policies at work. This is where the Khula Project comes.

Our solution is to create a clear and concise human-readable privacy policy that will translate the complex and confusing legal language into plain English that we can all understand.

Why We Are Building Khula

Human-readable policies clearly outline the key terms of the excessively complex and lengthy legal jargon of the full policy.

Human-readable policies were popularized by Creative Commons in their quest to revolutionize and simplify copyright law. Creative Commons created a set of clear copyright licenses to foster simple free sharing of copyrighted work, and used a human-readable license deed to clearly explain the key terms to users.

We are using human-readable policies to clearly explain the core privacy issues affecting users across the web. Our human-readable policies will go beyond the simple task of explaining the key terms of privacy policies. With our human-readable policies, users will gain confidence through the knowledge of how services are using and sharing information.

Knowledge is power and through our Human-Readable Privacy Policy we are empowering the user to dictate how their information is shared and used online. We are not, however, trying to create walls between services and user information. There is no ‘one size fits all’ for user privacy and information usage. For public services like Twitter, users have the expectation that nearly everything they do is public, whereas with private services such as financial sites, users demand complete privacy.

Privacy should not be a complicated issue.

 What We Are Building

Khula Project consists of two products being developed over three phases.

Our products:

  • Hand-built Human-Readable Privacy Policy; we are creating hand-built human-readable privacy policies in two parts: 

1.       We will be creating hand-built human-readable policies for our backers at the $150 level or higher. These policies will be tailored to the service’s specific needs. We will also work with our backers to address any potential privacy issues.

2.       We will build human-readable privacy policies for many popular web services to demonstrate the benefits of a clear and concise privacy policy and to understand how privacy issues are affecting the various sectors of web services.

  • Human-Readable Privacy Policy Creator; is an online tool we are developing to allow services to easily create human-readable policies. Services will be able to customize their policy based on a number of factors to ensure the human-readable policy is tailor made to their needs.
  • Privacy Policy Files; while we are immensely encouraging services to prominently display their human-readable privacy policies to gain confidence in their users among other benefits, we will also create a central database where users can search and examine services privacy policies.

Our Kickstarter fundraising will enable us to build the first three phases of the Khula Project;

  • Phase 1 will create human-readable privacy policies of popular web services. These human-readable policies will assist us in identifying the key terms and core issues surrounding users’ privacy online. We are currently in this phase.
  • Phase 2 will expand to include our backers at the $150 level and higher. Thank you for all of your support! We will work with our backers to create a tailor-made human-readable privacy policy to fit their specific needs. During this phase we will also be looking to our entire group of backers to help shape and define our human-readable privacy policies and to ensure users’ privacy concerns are addressed. Our human-readable privacy policies will not just cover what is in the legal code of the services privacy policy but will also examine whether the service is working in the best interest of their users.
  • Phase 3 is our final objective for our Kickstarter fundraising. We will construct our Human-Readable Privacy Policy Creator to foster the simple creation of human-readable policies across the internet. Our backers will be integral in shaping, testing, designing, and perfecting our Human-Readable Privacy Policies at every phase. Our backers are the driving forces that will make this project happen. Backers at the $29 level and higher will receive first access to our human-readable privacy policy creator and will be the first field testers. In addition, if we reach our 1,000 backer goal, every backer will receive early access to our Creator regardless of their pledge amount.

Thank you for all of your support. We are building this for you and without your help we cannot make this happen.

Where the Money Goes

Our Kickstarter objective is $14,000. After Kickstarter’s fees and taxes there will be roughly $12,000 for our project’s expenses. $14,000 is not our final goal, but the bare minimum amount we need to cover the expenses to build our human-readable privacy policies. These do not include our personal expenses; such as the overrated act of eating or paying rent which they seem to need every month.

Any amount above the $14,000 we raise will go directly to the project to expand our focus and move quicker. We are building this project no matter what, but it will be significantly harder, slower, and smaller without your help. It is only with your help that we can transform the Khula Project from a hobby to an impactful evolution of web services.

Below is a rundown of our Kickstarter objective and an overview of the funding process.

Thank you again for all of your help during our project and please don’t forget to spread the word. Spreading the word about what we are all doing here is just as valuable as your financial contribution.

Rewards

Startup Sponsor Program

There is a massive ocean of diverse startups and while we would love to build personal human-readable privacy policies for every single one of them, it is unfeasible due to time constraints. That is why we have started the Startup Sponsor Program.

At the $500 level and higher, backers are able to sponsor human-readable privacy policies for specific startups or sponsor a policy for a startup in need. Each sponsored policy will be personally built and tailor made for the specific startup. We will also give personal feedback on the startup’s privacy policy and be there if they have any questions.

At the $500 level backers can sponsor up to four of their human-readable privacy policies while at the $1,000 level backers have 2 special sponsor policies that give the startups the same great support that our backers get. Additional sponsor policies can be added by simply including an extra $75 to your pledge.

We will begin taking applications for startups in need of a human-readable privacy policy at the end of our Kickstarter fundraising.

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    Every backer will receive news first and exclusive behind the scenes information through our Backer Newsletter. Plus, to say Thank You for your support; we will list you or your organization as a backer on our website.

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    You will get Everything Above and as a $10, backer we will send you a Personalized Thank You Card with some great looking Stickers.

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    Pledge US$ 29 or more About US$ 29

    Not only do you get Everything Above, but you will be one of the very first people to use the Human-Readable Privacy Policy Creator (the final phase of the project). We will also send you a swanky custom-sized American Apparel T-shirt with a beautiful backer design for you to show off your support. To say thanks for helping to make Khula a reality, we will make your name bigger on our website.

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    Pledge US$ 70 or more About US$ 70

    You will receive All of the Above plus we will help you select the perfect Human-Readable Privacy Policy and give personal feedback on how you can improve your Privacy Policies. In addition, we will send you a super-sized stylish Coffee Mug for your morning Joe and afternoon brew. To show our appreciation of your support we will Link to your site on our Backers page.

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    Pledge US$ 150 or more About US$ 150

    At $150 we will personally hand-build a Human-Readable Privacy Policy tailored specifically to your service. This means we will work with you over the next few months to custom build your Human-Readable Privacy Policy before we create our Human-Readable Policy Creator tool. To give you an extra special ‘Thank You’ for your considerable support, we will specially thank you on Twitter and Facebook in addition to our website.

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    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    Perfect for Businesses, Organizations, and Startups. We will personally build Four Human-Readable Privacy Policies tailored to your specific needs. Use them all at once for multiple policies or over time for significant updates to your services. You can also sponsor policies for other services and startups you are involved in and we will personally build a Human-Readable Privacy Policy for the service to use (learn more about our Startup Sponsorship Program in the project description to the left). In addition you will receive Everything Above. As for our appreciation, we can’t thank you enough but we will include your name in the footer of the site for everyone to see with a link to your site.

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Perfect for Enterprises, Large Organizations, and Established Web Services. You have now ascended to Grand Emperor of Backerdom. You get every single thing on this list of rewards and an Unlimited number of personally built Human-Readable Policies. You also get Executive Support, we will take care of any policy updates you need immediately and we will work with you to answer any question and solve any issue you have. You also receive two personally built Human-Readable Policies to sponsor for any service (learn more about our Startup Sponsorship Program in the project description to the left). If you would like to sponsor additional Human-Readable Policies please include an extra $75 in your pledge for each one. Lastly, we will list you as a Partner on the Home Page. Without you this would not be able to make this possible. Thank You!

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Funding period

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