Privacy

How to read (and actually understand) a wearable tech privacy policy

Privacy experts share tips on how to read a wearable-tech privacy policy and highlight a set of red flags consumers should look out for.

When was the last time you read a privacy policy? Any kind of privacy policy? Be honest.

Yeah, that's what I thought. Nobody reads privacy policies. They're not really meant for the users, anyway -- they're meant to protect companies from potential lawsuits. As such, they're long, complicated and often packed with enough legalese to make even an eager litigator's eyes glaze over.

 

Today, lots of device and app makers sneak all kinds of protections into privacy policies that let them do just about whatever they want with your data, assuming you're willing to accept the terms of service (ToS).

I spoke with a few notable privacy experts for advice on how to dissect a privacy policy, what specifically to look for and some potential red flags that should make you wary if you spot them in a privacy policy.

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