A research conducted among more than 80,000 users has proven that to more than 50% of them it takes only 8 seconds to read and accept the terms and conditions clause. So, either these people have superpowers or somebody is not reading what they accept.
What if I read them?
Very long texts, confusing language and a format that makes us want to do anything but read them are some of the reasons why we accept that clause immediately. And those are also the reasons why, in case we dare to read it, we will waste a great amount of our time.
These are just experiments, but the truth is that when you accept terms without reading them, you might be accepting the company to have access, to sell or to compile data that undermines your rights.
Something seems to be wrong, doesn’t it?
As Morell says, we need a profound reconsideration. As companies, we must put great effort into giving users clearer information and protecting their rights. Moreover, we should reinforce transparency in the way we work. As users, we must be aware of what that commitment means to our security and we must report those practices we believe to be abusive. All in all, society as a whole needs to become more aware of the importance of being properly informed.
Translation by Pablo Velázquez