Reading the privacy policies they encounter monthly would take almost 42 hours
The cybersecurity company NordVPN has looked into the top 20 websites in 19 countries to check how much it would take to read their privacy policies.
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Germany Had the Longest Privacy Policies, but that is Common for Most EU Countries
Privacy policies in Germany were found to be the longest, consisting of 10,485 words on average, and take around 44 minutes to read. That is a lot, knowing that the global average is around 6,460 words and 27.14 minutes.
Other EU countries also had quite extensive privacy policies (Italy – 7,068 words, Poland – 7,314, France – 7,318).
“Countries with more detailed rights (such as EU countries with the GDPR) naturally have longer privacy policies to cover everything included in the laws. This trend also shows the ambivalence of the matter — the broader the rights for privacy, the bigger the responsibility for the consumer,” says Warmenhoven.
- See what data is collected. The first part of most privacy policies outlines what data the website collects from its users. If they ask for more data that seems relevant to their services, it could be a sign of potential misuse.