MediaSmarts’ New Online Game Helps Youth Make Sense of Privacy Policies
Most of us do recognize, though, that these documents are extremely important because they spell out our rights, responsibilities and liabilities when using these sites, as well as the quantity and quality of our personal data that is collected and shared. There may even be special “hidden” clauses in some of these documents: for example, when – as an April Fools Day joke – a British online retailer added a clause to its terms and conditions giving them the right to claim their customer’s souls, thousands of people unknowingly agreed. This humorous example reiterates the importance of knowing exactly what you’re signing up for before clicking that “I Agree” button.
Click if You Agree has been developed in HTML5 and plays on most modern browsers. You can find it on MediaSmarts’ website here http://mediasmarts.ca/digital-media-literacy/educational-games/click-if-you-agree-grades-7-9, along with a Teacher’s Guide and tip sheets to support its use as an educational activity.
This project has been funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
 Internet Society, Global Internet User Survey 2012, 2012, https://www.internetsociety.org/internet/global-internet-user-survey-2012
 Madrigal, Alexis C., Reading the Privacy Policies You Encounter in a Year Would Take 76 Work Days, The Atlantic, March 1st, 2012, http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/03/reading-the-privacy-policies-you-encounter-in-a-year-would-take-76-work-days/253851/
 Fox News, 7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls, April 15, 2010, http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2010/04/15/online-shoppers-unknowingly-sold-souls.html
 MediaSmarts, Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Talking to Youth and Parents about Life Online, 2012, http://mediasmarts.ca/sites/mediasmarts/files/publication-report/full/ycwwiii-youth-parents.pdf
 MediaSmarts, Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Life Online, 2014, http://mediasmarts.ca/sites/mediasmarts/files/pdfs/publication-report/full/YCWWIII_Life_Online_FullReport_2.pdf