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Nobody reads privacy policies. How to give us real privacy choices.

Source: Geoffrey Fowler, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

I applaud Twitter for putting effort into being more understandable. The same goes for Facebook, which last week rewrote its infamous privacy policy to a secondary-school reading level — but also tripled its length to 12,000 words. 

We the users shouldn’t be expected to read and consent to privacy policies. Instead, let’s use the law and technology to give us real privacy choices.

Cranor at Carnegie Mellon has experimented with making privacy policies that look like the nutrition labels on packaged food. A label, she says, not only communicates quickly but also makes it easier to compare the practices of different websites and apps.  But the devil is in the details.

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