Terms and Conditions May Apply

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Terms and Conditions May Apply
Terms and Conditions May Apply.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Cullen Hoback
Produced by
  • Cullen Hoback
  • Nitin Khanna
  • John Ramos
Narrated by Cullen Hoback
Music by John Askew
Cinematography Ben Wolf
Edited by Cullen Hoback
Release dates
  • 2013 (2013)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Terms and Conditions May Apply is a documentary that discusses how corporations and the government utilize the information that users provide when agreeing to browse a website, install an application or purchase goods online.[1] Made in 2013 by Cullen Hoback, it discusses the language used in user-service agreements on the web, how they collect information, and the usage of the information.

It criticizes companies such as Google, Facebook and LinkedIn for having poorly-worded and misguiding privacy policies/terms of service, using language in long documents that allows them to collect user information and legally provide it to third-party users.[2] The film aims to warn people about the risks of clicking “I Agree” after scrolling through pages of uninviting text.

Mark Zuckerberg appears in the film.[3][4][5][6]



  1. ^ "Terms and Conditions May Apply: Official Website". 
  2. ^ "Terms and Conditions May Apply: Official Trailer". Youtube.com. Hyrax Films. 
  3. ^ Nina Metz Chicago Closeup 9:00 a.m. CDT, July 18, 2013 (2013-07-18). "Terms and Conditions May Apply". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  4. ^ Posted: 07/22/2013 2:58 pm EDT (2013-07-22). "Documentary 'Terms And Conditions May Apply' Airs Confrontation With Mark Zuckerberg". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  5. ^ "'Terms and Conditions May Apply' Details Digital-Age Loss of Privacy". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-25.  (paid)
  6. ^ Cullen Hoback. "Our data is our digital identity - and we need to reclaim control | Technology". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-05-25.