Saturday, February 24

TLDR Law: why you want to summarize the terms and conditions | Digital Trends Spanish


The terms and conditions are so insufferable that they have even led Democratic and Republican congressmen to reach a consensus to promote a law that simplifies and summarizes them in a text that people, and in particular users of electronic services, want to read and can understand. . That is, broadly speaking, the TLDR law that is promoted in the United States Congress.

It’s called TLDR because it stands for the concept “too long, didn’t read” (too long, I didn’t read it), which encompasses the feeling of, we would say, practically all users who simply scroll to the end of the screen to say I accept and make use of this or that service.

However, the deputy (member of the House of Representatives) Lori Trahan, of Democratic extraction, says that, since we all simply accept them, “it is not surprising that companies abuse these contracts to include conditions that give them power and control over personal information.”

As we said, the terms and conditions are such an insufferable text that it is one of the few sections where Democrats and Republicans reach a consensus without saying a word. Bill Cassidy, a Republican senator, comments that since the terms and conditions are texts that are as technical as they are long, the TLDR law seeks to “force companies to offer easy-to-understand summaries.”

And it’s not a small thing. A report indicates that reading Facebook’s terms and conditions would take about 17 minutes, while Tinder’s would take about 25 minutes. Not to mention Microsoft, because it would take you an hour.

The TLDR law is promoted in the US Congress at a time when both chambers maintain intense vigilance and pressure on the role of technology platforms on various issues, ranging from the protection of personal data to their role in the democratic stability of U.S.

This is how representative Lori Trahan sums it up:

“Congress has been extremely active in needing to have legislation that protects user privacy, but I think the past year has shown that we need to be more aggressive in ensuring transparency.”

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