Privacy Policies Are For PhDs - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software // Information Management
Commentary
9/4/2008
11:59 AM
Mike Fratto
Mike Fratto
Commentary
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google+
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Privacy Policies Are For PhDs

BNET has a story, Privacy Policies Are Great -- For PhDs, highlighting the point that privacy policies are so obtuse that a college education or better is required to understand them. That point is perfectly clear to anyone who has read a privacy policy or an end-user license agreement (EULA). These policies are written for legal professionals, not the masses.

BNET has a story, Privacy Policies Are Great -- For PhDs, highlighting the point that privacy policies are so obtuse that a college education or better is required to understand them. That point is perfectly clear to anyone who has read a privacy policy or an end-user license agreement (EULA). These policies are written for legal professionals, not the masses.In our recent InformationWeek Analytics 2008 Strategic Security Survey (registration required), a little more than half of respondents indicated they post a privacy policy for customers. The question is, how many people actually read them and, as a follow-on, how many people understand them?

A privacy policy isn't meant to inform you of your rights. A privacy policy is a legal document to be used in legal matters. It is written in a way that legal professionals understand. That's great, but why can't companies create an easy-to-understand privacy policy for the rest of us? Because if they do, they run the risk of making conflicting assertions which can be used against them in a legal fight.

Bottom line: Privacy policies protect the companies that publish them, not you.

BTW, the score used in the BNET article is based on the Simple Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG). This blog post scored a 13.94, which equates to some college required.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
Reflections on Tech in 2019
James M. Connolly, Editorial Director, InformationWeek and Network Computing,  12/9/2019
Slideshows
What Digital Transformation Is (And Isn't)
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/4/2019
Commentary
Watch Out for New Barriers to Faster Software Development
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  12/3/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
The Cloud Gets Ready for the 20's
This IT Trend Report explores how cloud computing is being shaped for the next phase in its maturation. It will help enterprise IT decision makers and business leaders understand some of the key trends reflected emerging cloud concepts and technologies, and in enterprise cloud usage patterns. Get it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll