Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Terms and Conditions May Apply

There's a documentary that's hard to search for. Really, how many search pages do you think you'll find if you look for Terms and Conditions May Apply?

Which is somewhat ironic, as you probably would have agreed to terms and conditions (either explicitly or implicitly) to do the searching. Which is what this movie is about. What exactly can the big companies like Google, Facebook, Apple... do with all the data they collect? And what can the government do? Quite a lot, it seems, and people quite willingly give them all this information. Yes, there are some stories of false positives, the kid who joked on a post and got sent to the principal's office and the like, but it's easy to see all this and be, frankly, terrified by what is out there.

And although this is American, I have no ideas what access our own security services have access to. Possibly through US systems... but I am cynical. On one hand, I'm tempted to make a few dodgy jokes... but on the other hand, I might be taken seriously... yeah, that wouldn't be fun.

Or, if you want, you can spend hours pouring over all the terms and conditions to make sure you understand them and really do agree to them... and then click agree like the rest of us lazy people...


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