Anonymous: Hey man.
Anonymous: You’re such a nerd.
Me: I know. I figure I’ll check it out later.
Here is a link to a good article discussing the new policy: http://marketingland.com/google-terms-of-service-privacy-policy-4293
Here is a link to the new policy:
Google wants to create a “beautifully simple, intuitive user experience” by converting its more than 70 different privacy policies into 1, and I appreciate the thought, but it’s not always the thought that counts. Substituting 70 individually convoluted policies with one convoluted policy does nothing to solve the convoluted part. Moreover, no one reads the policies anyways.
On one hand these policies seem insufficient (in most cases) to constitute unilateral contracts: The general rule in contracts cases is that “general statements of policy are not contractual.” User’s lack of knowledge and reliance interests, making it difficult to say any offer was “accepted” in the traditional sense. On the other hand: if these policies are simply meant to serve as warnings or notices, they’re clearly not getting that job done either.