You No Longer Need to Read Through Privacy Policies, Thanks to This New AI

Checking through previous scandals, and the nitty-gritty, this tool will save you time.

Imagine a world where you no longer have to read pages and pages of privacy policy garble. It seems that every transaction or webpage we open nowadays requires our personal consent. That's all fine but let's be honest, most of us don't, in fact, go through each sentence of the agreement. So we've resigned ourselves to terms and conditions we're not actually aware of, and sharing our personal online data, as a result.

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There's another way though. There's now a new AI tool that reads through certain privacy policies for us, checks the details and points out the main parts that need our attention and it's called Guard

What is Guard?

Launched on Sunday, Guard is a neural network application that reads privacy policies. Currently, it has only been created to read the policies of well-known popular services such as Tinder, Netflix, and LinkedIn, among a few others.

You can request Guard to add other services and companies to its list, but that's an on-going process. 

Guard not only reads the policies for you, but it breaks them down in an easy-to-read manner. For example, it shares information about past privacy scandals a company has gone through, and the level and amount of threat you may be faced with if you agree to their terms and conditions. 

You No Longer Need to Read Through Privacy Policies, Thanks to This New AI
Some of the products Guard analyzes. Source: Guard

The brain behind this operation is Javi Rameerez, a developer who built the app for his thesis on AI and natural language processing. 

Here's a break down of Rameerez's tech.

A few examples of privacy policies available on Guard

Let's take what Guard has dug up about LinkedIn, for example. 

When you first click on LinkedIn on Guard's landing page, you can see an overview of the site's privacy policy information. First, you can see that Guard gives LinkedIn a B+ and a 43% security score. There was one past privacy scandal, and it may pose 52 possible privacy threats to you.

Here's what that would look like on Guard: 

You No Longer Need to Read Through Privacy Policies, Thanks to This New AI
The first information you see about LinkedIn. Source: Guard

Then, an exact quote from LinkedIn's privacy policy is pulled up, one that is considered to be the biggest threat.

You No Longer Need to Read Through Privacy Policies, Thanks to This New AI
Source: Guard

Then, you can see the exact dates and description of past privacy scandals.

You No Longer Need to Read Through Privacy Policies, Thanks to This New AI
Source: Guard

Afterward, Guard uses an interactive quiz, so you learn more about privacy policies.

You No Longer Need to Read Through Privacy Policies, Thanks to This New AI
Source: Guard

As you can see, it's a user-friendly way of quickly and easily reading through the major potential privacy policy issues you, as a consumer, may encounter. 

It's a work in progress, as Guard is ever-evolving and growing, and open for input by you as its users. Open to suggestions of other companies or sites; it may save us all a lot of time, and potential privacy scandals.

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