Wednesday 28 August 2013

Losing yourself in terms and conditions

Terms and conditions may apply is a documentary about the loss of personal control that we are all subjected to when, after pages of legalese, we simply click "Accept".

Because it's human nature to skip through 60+ pages of jargon to get to what we want, we're not always aware what we are subjecting ourselves to. The film sees this as "The greatest heist in history". The result is that, as the film demonstrates, you leave over 1000 individual pieces of personally-attributed data to companies who are perfectly entitled to collect it.

Here's the trailer.

Comments left on the Vimeo page include "That was terrifying" and "To know that... we are being tapped while we are taking [a] shower is scary.", suggesting that the feature-length documentary has achieved its purpose through the trailer alone. The film interviews notable folks including Ray Kurzweil, Moby, and - impressively - Mark Zuckerberg.

There are no known plans to screen the film in Europe, although we gather that work is underway to screen it in Belgium. If you're interested in either watching, or indeed screening, this film in the UK, then This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll see what we can do to help.

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