6.1 Consent agreements in your everyday live

Answer the following questions:

  1. Have you ever read a consent agreement when signing up for a new product or online service?
    • Yes/No

    According to a study by Deloitte that surveyed 2,000 consumers in the U.S in 2017, 91% of people consent to legal terms and services conditions without reading them. For younger people, ages 18-34 the rate is even higher with 97% agreeing to conditions before reading them.

    A study at York University in Toronto created a fake social networking site called Name Drop, and wrote up a terms and services agreement for users to agree to before signing up. 98% of participants agreed to them. In the agreement they included the disclosure that users give up their first born child as payment, and that anything users shared would be passed along to the NSA.

    A Eurobarometer survey from 2015 found that 67% of the people who did not fully read privacy statements found them too long, and 38% found them unclear or difficult to understand.

  2. Think of the top 3 tools or apps that you use. Go to Terms of Service; didn’t read and read the rating and summary of your three most used apps.
  3. Do you know of any consent agreements in your department or city or municipality?