- Remember those millions of lines of terms and conditions you always agree to?
- There’s a machine learning powered software, called Polisis, that does the hard work for you
- The ML model was trained on 130,000 privacy policies
- We tested it out on LinkedIn, read on to find out more
Nobody actually reads privacy policies. You see those terms and conditions and without a second glance, the box is ticked and you move on to the actual product. In the millions of sentences, you don’t really see what personal information you just agreed to share with the website.
Now, there’s a software that can break down a website’s privacy policies inside a minute and consequently help you protect your personal information you were unwittingly giving out.
It’s a free piece of software and can be utilized as a browser extension in Firefox and Google Chrome.
- Give you a readable summary of the policy
- Make it into a flow chart of what exactly is going to be shared and where that information will be used
- Let’s you know whether you can opt out of the information sharing part
Our take on this
We installed the Polisis extension on Chrome and tested it on LinkedIn’s policies. Below are the results:
It gave us a full plethora of privacy features LinkedIn uses – from our location to what personal informatiton will be shared with advertisers, among other things. I couldn’t recommend installing this extension highly enough. In today’s day and age of data breaches and a lack of privacy awareness, this will really help keep track of what and where your personal data is being shared.
Of course this software isn’t the first of it’s kind. Columbia University and the Carnegie Mellon University have previously developed similar programs but Polisis is the first to be made free and open to the general public.
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