It can be challenging for anyone to read many companies’ privacy policies. These tend to include many legal terms and could thus be hard to read.
1. Third parties
3. Type of information they collect
All websites collect some information about their users, and we can do little about it. Simply put, your web browser gives away many details about you, like its [browser] name, version, operating system, and, most importantly (for website operators), your IP address — which can tell them where you’re accessing their website from. However, many websites go beyond that and will also “mark you” with several cookies so they can identify you when you return to their website. Plus, there are services requiring you to register and, in the process, ask for even more information — including personally identifiable details such as your address, phone number, and more.
4. Are there options?
Sometimes, you can opt to accept only certain cookies and prevent those being used for user tracking from loading. Many websites complying with the European Union’s GDPR legislation include such options. Also, are there other tweaks you can make and still be able to use the service? On the other hand, there could be some privacy-related options you can’t turn off if you want to use the service. You have to figure out for yourself whether the trade-off is worth it.
5. Check the security measures they use
By doing so, it will be much easier for you to find the information you are looking for. And only then you can decide whether the service you’re looking at is actually worth it. In many cases, some alternatives will take better care of your privacy. So check it all out and make an informed decision. It’s your privacy and your data, after all.