3 red flags you should look for before downloading an app

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When you want to download to get an app, do you look forward to accepting all the damages and all the benefits? Of course! Before you download an app, you must look forward to knowing the terms and conditions.

You must know it before clicking on accept its decline, there are times people don’t even look out to this before accepting.

If you don’t, then you are not alone. According to research, very few people take their time to read about the terms and conditions of an app or website, asking them to accept or decline.

A senior staff if the researcher director and a fellow of information privacy Gartner said that the option of reading through the terms of service or privacy is not easy, it is not accessible.

Here are the three flags that will enable you to know.

1_COMPLEXITY

About the illegal disputes over privacy policy and terms of service documents, many cases don’t make it to litigation because there’s no expectation that someone is actually going to read the fine print, there’s also no expectation that the reader will have the necessary training to understand the policy even if they did read it.

Apps with complex policies that bury exactly what a person is agreeing to (such as sharing their data with third parties) are disingenuous on the part of the company, and should be avoided, Henein said.

Apps that have complex policies that bury exactly what a person is agreeing to (such as sharing their data with third parties) is disingenuous on the part of the company and should be avoided.

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Henein also added that if the language is complex and you read the first paragraph and it makes no sense to the average person, that tells that the company really hasn’t considered people into the equation.

2_IMPLICIT AGREEMENT

This is another case where you have to agree on certain A B C terms before agreeing to it.

It is of good concern to understand the Alpha of the app.

Policies that want an implicit agreement or implicit consent should raise a red flag. This means that you don’t actually “give” your consent, but your consent is implied by a certain action or situation.

Henein says this would look like a term of service agreement that says “by browsing this webpage you agree to A, B, and C.” This type of language isn’t enforceable and shouldn’t be enforceable, he said.

3_DATA COLLECTION AND MONETIZATION.

This is what a company talk about monetization process, it is another collection of another important factor to consider before hitting download, according to Engin Kirda, a processor at Kirda college of computer sciences at Northeastern University.

This goes hand in hand with this is how the app makes money, Kirda said particularly if it is free to download.

Monetizing an app with ads can mean it’s providing a better service, but it can also mean that it’s profiting from selling your data.

But there’s a difference between collecting some necessary information to help the app be useful versus collecting lots of information that is sold to third-party advertisers or could potentially be stolen.

After all of these have been put in place, real monetization will take place.

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