Wirecutter: Here’s What You’re Actually Agreeing To When You Accept a Privacy Policy

April 14, 2023

“Privacy policies are fundamentally an announcement of the ways a company that is providing you a product or service might collect, use, and transfer your data,” said John Davisson, director of litigation for the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). “How specific they are about those different categories of activities is going to depend on how much the company wants to disclose.” A privacy policy can change slightly based on the jurisdiction, but ultimately “it’s largely up to the company what goes in there,” Davisson said. A privacy policy is there to tell you that a company can or may share your data. It is not required to ask if you’re cool with that.

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