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Terms and Conditions May Apply

7/10
News . Documentary
 

Have you ever read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies connected to every website you visit, phone call you make, or app you use? Of course you haven’t. But those agreements allow corporations to do things with your personal information you could never even imagine. This film explores the intent hidden within these ridiculous agreements, and reveals what corporations and governments are legally taking from you and the outrageous consequences that result from clicking “I accept.”

 
Actors: Harvey Anderson , John Palfrey , Brian Lawler , Cullen Hoback , Mark Zuckerberg , Christopher Shin , Max Schrem , Moby , Joe Lipari , Raymond Kurzweil , Leigh Bryan
Directors: Cullen Hoback
Country: USA
Release: 2013-07-12
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  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    The title of Terms and Conditions May Apply is unlikely to excite, but the content of this quietly blistering documentary should rile even the most passive viewer.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    In inverse proportion to typically long-winded, inscrutable terms of service, the film is concise, direct and thoroughly engaging.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    Deftly balancing twin goals of informing and entertaining, the pic matter-of-factly details the various ways that marketers, multinational corporations, police departments and government-run intelligence-gathering organizations obtain and exploit info.

    Variety Full Review
  • Phil Brown

    Not just a documentary about Internet privacy, but a non-fiction horror flick for anyone who blindly agrees to user licensing agreements online (a.k.a. everyone).

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Trey Graham

    A quietly appalled we-really-oughta-do something documentary in the mode of "Food, Inc." or "An Inconvenient Truth."

    NPR Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    A wide-ranging, if shallow, exploration of intrusive government surveillance practices.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Though it mostly summarizes available arguments instead of uncovering new facts, it's an accessible primer.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Scott MacDonald

    Terms And Conditions may not be a particularly well-made documentary, but it provides a much-needed wake-up call.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    One thing the film does do, if only inadvertently, is offer insight as to how we have gotten to this state of affairs.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kalvin Henely

    If The Social Network didn't make you want to quit Facebook in 2010, the brave new world outlined here should, despite the fact that your data won't actually be erased.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Gabe Toro

    Even given the shapelessness of the picture, Hoback does the best he can in providing an imperfect timeline to a possibly worsening issue.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Andrew Lapin

    Apart from its shallow analysis, Terms And Conditions is, if anything, not alarmist enough: Its worst-case scenario has already come true.

    The Dissolve Full Review
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