This website is part of the Understanding “the Biggest Lie on the Internet” Project.

The primary goals of the project are to research and share information about “the biggest lie on the internet” (“I agree to the terms and conditions”). The hope is that broader awareness amongst policymakers, platform providers, and publics will help support the changes necessary for the realization of online privacy deliverables.

Want to know more? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Have questions or comments? Email: biggestlieontheinternet(at)

Project Team

Jonathan A. Obar, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Media Studies, York University

Valeta Wensloff, Site Assistance, Department of Media & Information, Michigan State University

Andrew Hatelt, Research Assistant


This project wouldn’t be possible without the help and support of many individuals. Thank you especially to: Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch, Marianela Ramos Capelo (OpenMedia), Bryan Short (OpenMedia), Julia Creet (, Brenda McPhail (Canadian Civil Liberties Association), Julie Ng (Bandersnatch Pictures), Ethan Smith (, and Jennette Weber.

Project Funding

We are grateful for project funding from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and York University. The content present on the site, in the videos and reports does not necessarily align with the views of the project funders.

This project is affiliated with The Department of Communication and Media Studies at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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