Like other legal documents, privacy policies (and terms of services as well as use policies) are intricate things. This slideshow from the Zero Knowledge Privacy Foundation, founded by SpiderOak, aims to explain privacy policies in as clear language as possible. In fact, in just a couple of minutes, you'll learn what privacy policies are set up to do, why they're so tricky, and the most important sections to look out for.
Those areas to pay particular attention to include anything involving: licensing (what the company can do with your information) and disclosure (whether the company shares your data with other parties).
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