TLDR Act aims to make website terms of service easier to understand

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation that aims to require people to agree to the often lengthy and complicated terms of service in order to use the many online sites and services. Terms of Service Labeling, Design and Readability Act, or the TLDR Act, would require websites and mobile apps to make it happen”concise, easy to understandA summary of their Terms of Service, including information on how personal information is collected and used.

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The TLDR Act was introduced Thursday in the House by Representative Lori Trahan, D-Mass., and in the Senate. Censors Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Ben Ray Lujan, D.M.,

“For too long, blanket terms of service agreements have forced consumers to ‘agree’ to all of the company’s terms or lose access to the website or app entirely.” Trahan in a statement, “No negotiation, no choice, and no real alternative.”


The lawmakers said the law would increase transparency and ensure that consumers are informed about how their data is collected and used. Small businesses would be exempt from the law, which focuses on “unnecessarily complicating terms of service agreements,” Trahan said.

It’s no secret that people often skip immediately or completely skip terms of service contracts that pop up on websites and apps. Organization terms of Service; not read, which has been around since 2012, provides grades and summaries of service contracts found on many popular websites. The lawmakers also cited a 2012 study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University that found “the average American would take 76 working days to read agreements from the technology companies they use.”

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The TLDR Act will be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission and the State Attorney General.

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