There are two types of people in this world. Those who don’t read the full terms and conditions before agreeing to them, and liars.
You promised you’d try to get through them all after getting your last update, but all that scrolling’s too tiring for even the most committed person.
This is especially true of late, with the new European General Data Protection Regulations – set to come into force on 25 May – prompting company after company to send you emails about updates to its Ts and Cs.
However, it’s often been tough to quantify just how much you’re granting these companies license to do with your data.
You could read the full GDPR text here, but we imagine you’re too busy for that, based on the fact that you probably don’t even read the terms and conditions affected by them before clicking that box marked ‘I agree’.
Luckily, someone has put the whole conundrum into a format we’re all comfortable with – a nice, pretty picture.
Well we say ‘nice’ – this feels pretty worrying.
Want to know how much some of the most popular companies put into their terms and conditions? The ‘I Agree’ exhibit from designer Dima Yarovinsky provides a detailed comparison of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tinder and others with colour-coded A4 print-outs.
“I took the content of the “terms of service” of the leading online services that we use on a daily basis (including Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Tinder etc.),” explains Israel-based Yarovinsky, whose work is on display at the Visualizing Knowledge showcase in Finland.
“I’ve printed them on a standard A4 wide scroll with a standard legal contract font size and type. After printing this so-called terms, I hanged the scrolls in the gallery at the academy, added the number of words and the time it takes to read each scroll on the floor.
“My main goal was to emphasize how small, helpless and harmful are we against this [sic] giant corporates.”
Yarovinsky has also shared close-ups from the original presentation at Israel’s Bezalel University, including details of how long it would take to read each set of terms of service in full.
He asserts that an average terms of service agreement would take approximately an hour to read, while the 12,000+ words of Snapchat’s and Instagram’s agreements would take even longer.
Still happy to ignore the text and click ‘I agree’?