User agreements and privacy policies are rising to more prominence in today’s world due to all of the major privacy concerns and surveillance incidents.
So, the boys over at the Usable Privacy Project decided that it was high time to create a tool that makes privacy policies easier to understand.
Using the Tool
Fortunately, using the tool itself is straightforward. Hop onto their webpage if you haven’t already, then just start typing in their search bar to pull up results.
More useful categories to look at are concerning “User Choice” and “User Access.” While Google collects a massive amount of information, they also afford a lot of control to the user over that information, up to and including the ability to delete your Google account information upon account cancellation and deletion. You can’t entirely wipe Google’s servers clean, but a vast majority of what they have on a user can be deleted on the user’s end, and this is a good ability to have.
But it’s a damn good place to start. This site brings to the forefront a very real concern in our modern age: the information we’re giving to these web companies, how much control we have over that process, and who is getting access to that information.
To learn more about your privacy, check out some of the articles here on Make Tech Easier. Recently, I wrote a piece on browser fingerprinting, Judy wrote an excellent article on app permissions, and Derrik gave us the low-down on encrypted messenger apps. For these articles and more like it, stick around!
Also, give us some feedback in the comments. Is there anything you feel I’m missing? Anything you want us to cover in a future article? Let us know!