Must-see doc: 'Terms and Conditions May Apply'
05:00 AM, Jun 28, 2013
When a site like iTunes asks you to “check if you understand the terms and conditions,” do you actually read the terms and conditions?
Of course you don’t, because it would take about nine hours to go through them all. While most of us have wondered about online privacy at some point, it’s not something that keeps us up at night … but maybe it should.
A new documentary examines just how much information corporations have gathered about us. Directed by Cullen Hoback, Terms and Conditions May Apply features commentary from folks like Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Ray Kurzweil and, oddly, Moby. It breaks down the terms we’ve agreed to on websites that we may not realize.
I hate to prompt a Friday freakout, but the trailer makes me reconsider my online presence:
The film’s official site (www.tacma.net) offers more information, as well as tips on how to protect yourself online, quit Facebook, remove Google personalization, etc. (On a related note, if you missed this fascinating New York Times piece from 2012 about how a company identified a teen pregnancy based on buying habits, I highly recommend it.)
The movie opens in select theaters July 12.