Sam Tabar Asks: Do You Have 25 Days Each Year to Read Privacy Statements?

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The average privacy policy contains 2,514 words and takes 10 minutes to read, according to an article published on Nerve.com and found on Twitter by Sam Tabar.

Tabar, whose handle is @samirtabar, further discovered that if people were paid to read these privacy policies, the total would equal more than the gross domestic product of Florida. In all, the total time spent would equal 53.8 billion hours.

Each billion hours is 114,079 years long, so if you were to travel forward in time that far you would be in the year 6709861, assuming people still used the same calendar. If each person would read the privacy policies, then it would take them 25 full days each year.

Even if you do not choose to read privacy statements, they play a very important role. First, they force a company to think about how they want to use a person’s data. Secondly, they force the entity to be accountable for the data that they collect. Tabar knows that most consumers, however, will never read the privacy statements because they have much more important things to do like play on Facebook.