AOL clarifies IM privacy guarantee

Looks like AOL has heard everyone’s issues. AOL will revise its user agreement to stress that it does not eavesdrop on IM conversations except in unusual circumstances (such as a court order).

I will wait to reserve final judgement on it until I actually read the changes, but this is a very positive development.

I still believe that this should jumpstart the effort to create an encryption standard for use by all IM clients so I can rely on my conversations having at least some privacy. I’m not a fool in the sense that it will be perfectly secure, but it would be better then everything being sent out in clear text across the Internet.

Then again, e-mail has had the same issues for much longer and we aren’t anywhere near an universal standard for encryption that is easy-to-use.