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US “TLDR” Law Would Require Websites To Make Their Terms & Conditions Easier To Read

U.S. lawmakers are backing a bill that would require tech companies to make their service contracts easier to read.

The bill, called the Terms of Service Labeling, Design and Readability Act (TLDR), would require websites to provide a “summary statement” for contracts.

This would condense the legal terms into a more understandable format, as well as disclose data breaches over the past three years, any sensitive data that might be collected, and how users might delete that data after signing up.

“For far too long, terms of service agreements have forced consumers to either ‘accept’ all of a business’s terms or lose access to a website or app altogether,” the said. Representative Lori Trahan, one of the bill’s main sponsors, in a statement. Thursday statement, as reported by The edge. “No negotiation, no alternative and no real choice.”

Ms Trahan cited a 2012 study that suggested it would take an average American 76 days to read all of the service agreements for the services they were using.

The law would apply to large websites such as Facebook and Twitter, but would exempt some small businesses. It would be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general.

“Users shouldn’t have to go through the legal jargon pages of a website’s terms of service to find out how their data will be used,” said Senator Bill Cassidy.

“Requiring companies to provide an easy-to-understand summary of their terms should be mandatory and it is high time to do so.”

The announcement comes after a string of stories in which social media sites failed to notify users of data breaches and companies collected huge amounts of personal information without their customers’ knowledge.

Last year Amazon was hit with a record European Union fine for violating its GDPR data protection rules – but users weren’t sure why it was like the Luxembourg National Commission for the Protection of Data. data (CNPD), which imposed the very good, was “bound by professional secrecy” not to communicate on the case.

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