On February 8, California Assemblyman Ed Chau introduced legislation that would limit websites’ privacy policies to 100 words. That is a great idea. The full Bill is at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/
Most folks don’t read privacy policies. Folks visit web sites and quickly scroll through their privacy policies. They don’t pay much attention. Some scroll through these policies because they don’t want to interpret the legalese. Some scroll through them because they are too long. They have other things to do. Still others do not care. This Bill will benefit all.
By requiring these policies to be no more than 100 words, this legislation benefits everyone
1. If signed into law, people not have to interpret the legalese. Policies will be at an 8th grade reading level. It will be very tough for someone to squeeze in confusing legalese while remaining confined to an 8th grade reading level. The confusing legalese will be gone. Perhaps this was the primary motivator behind this legislation.
2. It benefits those who have other things to do. They may see a short 100 word policy and decide it really is short enough to digest. They will stop to read a 100 word policy. Most website articles are more than 300 words.
3. Even folks who do not care will benefit. They will see a short paragraph or two and take the time to read it. The verbiage will be more eye appealing. They will learn something in the process.
Visitors will notice.