There are certain keywords you need to spot when reading privacy policies.
There are certain keywords you need to spot when reading privacy policies.(Photo: Reuters)
  • 1. What is Data Privacy Policy?
  • 2. Hunt for Keywords
  • 3. How the Keywords Help
  • 4. I "Agree" to Let You Spy on Me
How to Read Long Privacy Policies the Easy Way

So once I tried reading the privacy policy of a company and post that the process ran its natural course. There were parts I felt were absolutely inconsequential and the excessive use of jargon resulted in me giving up and ultimately clicking “I Agree”.

I’m sure it’s just not me and almost 90  percent of people who use these websites and services don’t even read the privacy policy.

I get it! You don’t have the time to go through a 2,500-word-long document. And, of course, the language used is a bit convoluted and filled with legalese.

Since data privacy policy holds some key information, many companies try to eschew critical information in order to sell the data to ad companies. The introduction of GDPR has instilled a certain amount of fear among such companies, but still users don’t find validity in reading the whole policy.

So, is there an easier way to extract the important bits of a privacy policy without diving into its extraneous side? Maybe this can help.

  • 1. What is Data Privacy Policy?

    First let's try to understand what is a data privacy policy. In simple words, it’s a legal document or a statement that discloses all the ways a company can acquire, use, distribute and preserve user data.

    There are certain keywords you need to spot when reading privacy policies.
    Some of the points covered in Facebook’s privacy policy 
    (Photo: Facebook.com screenshot)

    The document ensures that the company is legally bound to protect the user's data from getting into the hands of third party vendors. The document can be considered esoteric and not something common people will be able to gauge easily.

    Also Read: Keeping Data Safe: What Is GDPR and How Does It Affect You?

    Giants like Google and Apple require tech firms to display a privacy policy on their website. It does not matter if the company is not planning to collect the data personally, it might be using third-party services to collect data. And, if a company doesn't have one, it can attract heavy penalties and lawsuits.

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