Terms and Conditions May Apply

“A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it … if anything.”

Terms and Conditions May Apply is a documentary that addresses how corporations and the government utilize the information that users provide when agreeing to browse a website, install an application, or purchase goods online.
Made in 2013 by Cullen Hoback, it discusses the language used in user-service agreements on the World Wide Web, and how online service providers collect and use users’ and customers’ information.

The film criticizes companies such as Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn for having poorly worded and misguiding privacy policies/terms of service, which use user-unfriendly language in long documents and allows the companies to collect user information and legally provide it to third-parties. The film aims to warn people about the risks of clicking, “I Agree”, after scrolling through pages of uninviting text.

On Amazon:

Watch it on Streamango (adblocker recommended):
You can load your own srt subtitle file into the Streamango player if you’d like.

The Googlization of Everything

In the beginning, the World Wide Web was exciting and open to the point of anarchy, a vast and intimidating repository of unindexed confusion.
Into this creative chaos came Google with its dazzling mission―“To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible”―and its much-quoted motto, “Don’t be evil.”

In this provocative book, Siva Vaidhyanathan examines the ways we have used and embraced Google―and the growing resistance to its expansion across the globe.
He exposes the dark side of our Google fantasies, raising red flags about issues of intellectual property and the much-touted Google Book Search.
He assesses Google’s global impact, particularly in China, and explains the insidious effect of Googlization on the way we think.

Finally, Vaidhyanathan proposes the construction of an Internet ecosystem designed to benefit the whole world and keep one brilliant and powerful company from falling into the “evil” it pledged to avoid.

Ebook link:

Report: Deceived by design

How tech companies use dark patterns to discourage us from exercising our rights to privacy.