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
Distributed by Hyrax Films
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. Made in 2013 by Cullen Hoback, it discusses the language used in user-service agreements on the World Wide Web, how they collect information, and the usage of the information.

It criticizes companies such as Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn for having poorly worded and misguiding privacy policies/terms of service, which use user-unfriendly language in long documents that allows them to collect user information and legally provide it to third-party users.[1] 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.[2][3][4][5]



  1. ^ "Terms and Conditions May Apply: Official Trailer". Youtube.com. Hyrax Films. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "'Terms and Conditions May Apply' Details Digital-Age Loss of Privacy". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-25.  (paid)
  5. ^ Cullen Hoback. "Our data is our digital identity - and we need to reclaim control | Technology". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-05-25.