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Let’s face it: We have all, at one point or another, agreed to terms and conditions we haven’t read.
And, as it turns out, if we did start reading the entirety of each and every website we visited, it would consume a huge amount of our time and energy to do so.
Cybersecurity company, NordVPN, has looked into the top 20 websites in 19 countries to check how much it would take to read their privacy policies.
They have found that reading all the privacy policies of the top 20 most visited Australian websites would take over nine and a half hours, while reading all 96 websites a person typically visits in a month would take longer than a full workweek — 46.2 hours.
“However, this is understandable. We would need to spend a quarter of a month visiting the websites we need. A minimum-wage worker in Australia would earn around $693.38 during that time.“
Some of the most popular social media platforms Aussies visit are the worst perpetrators, and this is a problem that extends to a worldwide scale.
Yes, that’s how little people actually read these things. They need a game with a little doggy to explain.
In Five Eyes countries (the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the UK), Zoom scored the worst on the FRES readability test (only 24.9), which is worrying given the privacy concerns surrounding the platform.
Netflix scored the worst on the Coleman-Liau test (14.98) in these countries, which is concerning because of the fact that it can be used even by children.
Outside of Australia, Germany had the longest privacy policies, but that is common for most EU countries. Privacy policies in Germany were found to be the longest, consisting of 10,485 words on average, and take around 44 minutes to read.
That is a lot, knowing that the world average is around 6,460 words and 27.14 minutes.
Other EU countries also had quite extensive privacy policies:
Italy – 7,068 words.
Poland – 7,314.
France – 7,318.
“Countries with more detailed rights (such as EU countries with the GDPR) naturally have longer privacy policies to cover everything included in the laws,” says Warmenhoven.
“This trend also shows the ambivalence of the matter — the broader the rights for privacy, the bigger the responsibility for the consumer.”
So what are some things we can do to make this process a little easier for ourselves?
HOW TO SPOT RED FLAGS
● See what data is collected.
The first part of most privacy policies outlines what data the website collects from its users. If they ask for more data that seems relevant to their services, it could be a sign of potential misuse.
● Search for “red flag” keywords.
● Trust the verified websites.
Even if you don’t have the time to read each and every single word, like most of us don’t, make sure you take these recommendations into account to make things a little easier for you.
Don’t get caught off guard with hidden words or phrases, especially if you are using a phone.
NordVPN is the world’s most advanced VPN service provider used by over 14 million internet users worldwide. NordVPN provides double VPN encryption, malware blocking, and Onion Over VPN.
The product is very user-friendly, offers one of the best prices on the market, has over 5,000 servers in 60 countries worldwide, and is P2P-friendly. One of the key features of NordVPN is the zero-log policy.
For more information: nordvpn.com.
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