While you shouldn’t feel compelled to read your apps’ and services’ privacy policies word for word—boring!—there are still a few key criteria you should look for while you’re skimming. Yes, skimming; you shouldn’t ignore privacy policies completely, because it’s important to know what’s being done with (or to) your data.
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont for a chat about John’s 4K Blu-ray player decisions, and the Openly Operated service.
Journalists at The New York Times read 150 privacy policies, finding most of them to be incomprehensible with low readability scores.
To be successful in college, people need to understand texts with a score of 1300. People in the professions, like doctors and lawyers, should be able to understand materials with scores of 1440, while ninth graders should understand texts that score above 1050 to be on track for college or a career by the time they graduate. Many privacy policies exceed these standards.
I wish there was a standard for privacy policies so companies can’t hide their sins behind jargon. In the mean time, I use this website.
A tech lobby group has introduced a privacy regulation framework. The idea is to help form privacy legislation that lawmakers are working on.