I Have Read and Understand?


Have you ever read the terms and conditions before you signed up for a website?

Yeah, me neither.

I pretty much just scroll to the bottom, click the “I swear I have read this whole thing” button, and continue on my merry way.

Recently, the documentary “Terms and Conditions May Apply” has opened my eyes to the error of my ways. By agreeing to the terms and conditions of a website or application, you are also agreeing to allowing that company to collect your data and personal information.

People probably aren’t going to stop posting vacation pics to Instagram or googling the most random of things. So, the best way to protect your data and online identity is just be aware of what you put online—i.e. don’t put anything too personal or compromising online (like your birthday, which is actually your password for many online sites)—and know that nothing is truly private.

Read the terms and conditions (it’s legally binding, after all) and look into the privacy settings of the website you’re using.

Be smart about how you use the internet and you probably won’t have any problems.

If that doesn’t work for you, then you can always move to the deep wilderness and live off the land. They’ll never find you there.



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