My wife and I were concerned about our son's online privacy and safety. However, we wanted a place where we could share with friends and family that don't live close to us, especially our parents and have the confidence our son's data is private and not sold.
After our son was born, my wife and I had a conversation that many new parents have today. Do we want to post our son's photos on social media so we can share them with friends and family? With careful consideration, we decided that it would not be in his best interest to do so. Even though his grandparents live far away, and we wanted them to be apart of his life, we did not want to trade his safety and privacy for the ease of sharing. We also did not think it would be fair to our son to have an online presence before he even understood what that meant.
So what can we do? What are our options?
My wife tasked me to find an alternative, a one that allows us to privately and securely share our son's photo album and will enable us to collaborate on that album as well. My checklist was as follows:
With my checklist in hand, I searched for alternatives, everything from well-known sites to the lesser-known sites. I signed up, tested with some stock photos, and dissecting the Terms of Service and Privacy policies. While some sites got close to checking off the list, I couldn't find a website that gave me the confidence to post my son's photos on and share them with our friends and family.
The main issues I found were that:
With the lack of options out there, I decided that an alternative should be in the market. One that does not sell your data and has a transparent business model. It is open to the data they collect and how they use it. It does not just focus on family or children and allows you to create whatever album you choose.
This website is the first iteration of the idea of having a private and secure platform where you can share your photos with only the individuals you want to. Not to third parties or advertisers that you did not give direct permission to view your photos. I don't want my son's photo albums to be treated differently than yours or your children; your children are just as special to you as my son is to me. So no matter how much money it could make, if I don't want my son's photos being a part of it, then I will not use your children's pictures in his place.