By Marilia Wyatt, CyberPrivacy
Carnegie Mellon University’s tool aims to help users understand vague and complicated privacy policies on the internet to inform their decisions about their data.
“Through our work we hope to overcome the limitations of current natural language privacy policies without imposing new requirements on service providers,” said Norman Sadeh Lead Principal Investigator Professor Carnegie Mellon University. “We found that the text of the policies is often vague and ambiguous, and people tend to struggle to interpret and determine what personal information is collected, how it’s used, and what other entities it’s shared with,” Sadeh said. “From a legal standpoint, this is problematic.”
The Project also seeks to help organizations improve their privacy policies, assist regulators to assess policies, and inform ongoing public policy debates.
The Project is funded by the National Science Foundation under its Secure and Trustworthy Computing (SaTC) program and includes several affiliate universities. Learn about it here.