THE BIGGEST LIEON THE INTERNET

Learn why I AGREE TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS is referred to as “the biggest lie on the internet”. Watch the videos and read the reports about why we lie. Explore related research and discover potential solutions.

Evidence suggests people often click "AGREE" before they access, read, or understand digital service policies.

The Clickwrap

Want To Know More About Why We Lie? Watch This Video About Clicking "Agree"

The clickwrap is a problematic user-interface design helping digital services speed people to "I agree to the terms and conditions".

Publications & Reports

NAMEDROP STUDY

Why did people ignore the policies of this fake social network?

In two published articles, the research suggests people ignore policies due to: policies being a nuisance, clickwraps, and a lack of interest in privacy considerations when accessing services. Implications are clear as 93% of participants agreed to give up their first-born child for service access in this university student study.

Read Part 1: University Students and the Biggest LieRead Part 2: The Clickwrap and the Biggest LieExplore Related Research

POLICY LENGTH & COMPLEXITY REPORTS

How long and complicated are terms of service and privacy policies for popular services?

People ignore policies because they are long and complicated. How long and how complicated? Read these reports about the policy length and complexity of popular social media and other services.

Report 1: Policy Length of 70 Digital ServicesReport 2: Policy Complexity of 70 Digital Services

Policymakers, platforms, and publics must all acknowledge that "the biggest lie on the internet" is a problem.

Discover Solutions

DISCOVER SOLUTIONS

Let’s prevent big data discrimination by raising awareness about “the biggest lie on the internet”.

When we agree to policies without reading or understanding them, we support problematic big data practices. Research demonstrates that marginalized populations are most likely to be hurt by big data discrimination. Raising awareness about “the biggest lie on the internet” is one potential solution. Click “Explore Potential Solutions” to read about the growing number of projects beyond this site working to also identify solutions. Click to visit OpenMedia.org to take action by supporting a related privacy campaign.

Report: Preventing Big Data Discrimination in CanadaClick to Explore Potential SolutionsView This OpenMedia.org Petition