This is the latest post in a series about law and the internet. You can find previous posts in the series here.
Time.com and the Center for Plain Language collaborated to rate and review privacy policies from seven top tech companies for their readability and overall presentation. Read more here: These Companies Have the Best (And Worst) Privacy Policies.
One qualification on the rankings acknowledged in the article is “this is not an assessment of what data these companies have decided to collect from users or what they’ve decided to do with that data.” If you’re interested in how various platforms protect you (or fail to) with respect to government data requests, check out this report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Who Has Your Back? Protecting Your Data from Government Requests.
Sure, many people just breeze past lengthy and often complicated privacy policies, however data security and privacy issues are becoming more important as a factor driving use of a particular site or service. Thus, plain language privacy policies and other documents such as terms of service are a critical first step to make a company’s practices transparent to the end user.