A study released last week by the UK Children’s Commissioner reports not only do people under the age of 18 spend up to (just?) 20 hours a week online, but that they also don’t understand the majority of the terms’ of use of the apps they use. Concerned by this, the organization asked a law firm to help solve the problem.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
“‘Terms and conditions’ is one of the first things you agree to when you come upon a site,” London-based privacy lawyer Jenny Afia told >The Washington Post. “But of course no one reads them. I mean, most adults don’t read them.”
For example, “You are responsible for keeping your password secret and secure. You must not defame, stalk, bully, abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate or intimidate people or entities and you must not post private or confidential information via the Service, including, without limitation, your or any other person's credit card information, social security or alternate national identity numbers, non-public phone numbers or non-public email addresses” translates to “Keep your password secret. Don’t bully anyone or post anything horrible about people.”
Other easily digestible new terms include "You have the right to feel safe using Instagram," "It will be assumed that you own what you post, and what you post does not break the law. If it does, and you are fined, you will have to pay that fine," and "Don’t post anything showing violence, or that might make other people feel scared, or any images that contain nudity." Very few of the converted terms are longer than a single sentence or two.
The Children’s Commissioner found the same focus group of children much more easily understood the translated version (found in full here) and that when they did, they were more turned off by the service: “I’m deleting Instagram because it’s weird,” one 13-year-old said. Another noted the app “should show these Terms and Conditions to people who sign up because otherwise you don’t really know what you’re signing up to.”
Again, read the full translated version here and go back and re-evaluate every app you’ve ever downloaded, every decision you’ve ever made, etc.
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Source : http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a8587282/instagram-rewritten-terms-of-use/