UK MPs want social media companies to offer their users clearer terms and conditions, and they are now calling for companies like Facebook to simplify their terms.
According to the Telegraph, MPs on the Science and Technology have called for the UK government to draw up new guidelines for social media companies, and also other websites, and they want these companies to explain clearly how they will use your personal data.
At the moment the MP’s are looking for companies to voluntarily change their terms and conditions to make things clearer, but if this fails to happen then they could bring in new laws to make companies change their terms.
Andrew Miller MP, the committee’s chairman, said: “Facebook’s experiment with users’ emotions highlighted serious concerns about the extent to which, ticking the terms and conditions box, can be said to constitute informed consent when it comes to the varied ways data is now being used by many websites and apps.
“Let’s face it, most people click yes to terms and conditions contracts without reading them, because they are often laughably long and written in the kind of legalese you need a law degree from the USA to understand.
The new guidelines will also apply to mobile applications which also collect users personal data, and the MPs are hoping that the voluntary set of guidelines will work, if they don’t then they will seek legislation to enforce the issue.
Source The Telegraph
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