If California AB 242 goes into law, most websites will need new privacy policies that are 100 words, maximum
On February 8, California Assemblyman Ed Chau introduced legislation that would limit websites’ privacy policies to 100 words. That is a great idea. If I served in the General Assembly, I would vote Yes. The full Bill is at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_0201-0250/ab_242_bill_20130206_introduced.html. I am copying part of the verbiage here.
Most of us don’t read them
We visit web sites and scroll through their privacy policies. We don’t pay much attention. Some of us scroll through it because we don’t want to interpret the legalese. Some of us scroll through it because they are too long. We 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
- We will 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.
- It benefits those of us who have other things to do. We may see a short 100 word policy and decide it really is short enough to digest. We will stop to read a 100 word policy. Most articles on my website are more than 300 words.
- 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.