When’s the last time you actually read the terms and conditions on a website?
Yeah, me neither.
Lawmakers feel our pain, and a bipartisan bill is in the works that would force tech companies to make their terms easier to understand, per The Verge.
The TLDR Act…
… stands for Terms-of-service Labeling, Design and Readability. The act will force companies to provide a summary statement that makes their terms and conditions easier to understand.
Along with simplifying legal jargon into accessible language, the summaries will highlight:
- Any data breaches in the last 3 years
- Any personal data that the site collects
- If and how consumers can delete their data
The act follows the testimony of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, which revealed alarming practices happening inside Meta’s properties, Facebook and Instagram.
As a result, lawmakers are pushing for more transparency from tech companies across the board.
The bad news? Now instead of blindly agreeing to whatever the terms of service entail — you may have to actually read something.
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