Posted Jan 12, 2017 08:00 am CST
A group of youths asked to read the terms couldn’t make sense of them, the Washington Post reports.
The group was gathered at the request of the Children’s Commissioner for England, according to this report (information begins at page 8 of the PDF).
“Boring! It doesn’t make any sense,” a 13-year-old girl complained.
“You have to take about 10 minutes on each sentence,” said a 13-year-old boy.
As an exercise, the commissioner asked the Schillings law firm to simplify the terms and conditions. Partner Jenny Afia, a privacy lawyer, took on the job. She titled the terms and conditions “Our Rules if you want to use Instagram.”
Afia summarized the information in two sentences. “Don’t bully anyone or post anything horrible about people,” she wrote. “Don’t post other peoples’ private or personal information.”
Here is what Afia wrote: “Officially you own any original pictures and videos you post, but we are allowed to use them, and we can let others use them as well, anywhere around the world. Other people might pay us to use them and we will not pay you for that.”
The simpler rewrite was tested on the same group of youths, and they found them much easier to understand, according to the report.