Do you know anyone who even reads privacy policies? You know, those cryptic agreements websites and services make you go through before you can start using them.
They’re filled with hard-to-understand lingo and legalese for a reason – so you won’t bother reading them! This way, these services can bury their data collection and privacy practices within pages upon pages of lawyer-speak.
And yes, most of us don’t bother reading through privacy policies anyway. We simply agree and click “Yes” then proceed with our lives, right?
But is that a good idea? Intrusive user tracking and data collection practices can be sneaked in via the fine print of these privacy policies and terms of services.
Since you most likely clicked “Yes” to these privacy policies, it’s assumed that you’re OK with this data collection and tracking even though you don’t have an inkling about what these agreements really mean.
This website breaks it all down for you!
It will then generate a flowchart graph with summaries of what data an online service tracks about you, what it does with this data and options for opting out.
For example, searching for Facebook will reveal many things about its data collection and tracking practices.
Aside from the common tracking identifiers like your contact information, IP address and device ID, Polisis says that Facebook also collects your online activities, location, financial information and a ton of “unspecified data.”
The flowchart then links all these categories with the reasons the online service says it’s using the data for. It could be anything – from advertising, marketing, analytics or customization, Polisis makes it all easier to visualize and understand.
For the most part, Polisis really provides a revealing and interesting glimpse of how online services track us and what they use this data for. The graphs are easy to digest and the summaries are a cinch to grasp. A far cry from the legal mumbo-jumbo of actual privacy policies.
Another cool feature of the site is an AI called PriBot.
PriBot will even give its own thoughts and pieces of advice about the matter. Pretty slick!
How to try Polisis and PriBot
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