Privacy Policies and Terms and Conditions are long and boring. Most of us don’t read them though we check the boxes that say we do. Despite the length, we might be wanting to give them a little bit more of a look next time we come across one. Privacy policies and terms on a website are interesting and sometimes very important. We all know the old saying about reading the fine print, well, this is an example of fine print.
History of Privacy Policies
What Data Do Websites Collect?
Websites can collect virtually any data you volunteer to them. But there’s more than one way to give them permission to use your data. Enabling cookies allows them to track your movements over the internet where they learn more about you than you originally disclosed to them. There’s also a brokerage of data between websites where different organizations will aggregate the data they collect and use it to make inferences about you, about your political affiliations, sexual orientation, religion, and many other pieces of your life you may not have originally given them permission to have.