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Terms and Conditions May Apply: What You Actually Agree To.

Hello everybody! Today we have the interesting documentary about technology agreements called Terms and Conditions May Apply.



DIRECTOR: Cullen Hoback

GENRE: Documentary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States

Admit it you don’t really read the endless pages of terms and conditions connected to every website you visit or phone call that you make do you? Of course not. But every day billion-dollar corporations are learning more about your interests, your friends and family, your finances, and your secrets precisely because of this; and are not only selling the information to the highest bidder, but freely sharing it with the government. And you agreed to all of it. With plenty of recent real-world examples, Terms And Conditions May Apply covers just a little of what governments and corporations are legally taking from Internet users every day turning the future of both privacy and civil liberties into serious question. From whistle blowers and investigative journalists to zombie fan clubs and Egyptian dissidents, this film demonstrates how all of us online have incrementally opted-in to a real-time surveillance state, click by click.

maxresdefault The film reveals that Google, Facebook and other Web sites that require and aggregate information about you — including details about your personal life such as age, sex and sexual preference, family, income and finances, education status, employment, political affiliations, hobbies, circles of friends, lifestyle and consumer preferences and habits — actually sells that information not only to marketers and advertising agencies, but also delivers it — presumably free of charge — to government agencies such as the FBI, CIA, NSA and others with surveillance mandates under the Homeland Security Act.


Like many documentaries TACMA is more interested in making a point than proving its case more polemic and partisan than investigative and inquiring; more fear-mongering than simple awareness raising. As a result it’s quite one-sided in its choice of interview subjects and lacks a balancing voice – there’s no level-headed commentator or journalist here to provide perspective. Still even so, this well-made film forcefully gets its point across.  Thought provoking stuff.


  • Interesting information.
  • Pacing.
  • Interview style


  • Almost fear-mongering.
  • One-sided interviewing.
  • Lack of balanced voiced.

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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