SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Those long and confusing online privacy policies could be hitting the chopping block in California. A lawmaker is working to have them re-written at an eighth grade reading level, no more than 100 words long.
“Like everyone else, I punch right through it,” Sacramento resident Ken Crawford said.
After a few sentences, Crawford decided to do what he normally does.
“Yada, yada, nobody gets this stuff,” he said.
Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) of California’s 49th District is now trying to limit online privacy policies in California to just 100 words and make the language so simple a child could understand it.
“The problem being number one, these documents are very lengthy. Number two, they contain a lot of technical terminologies people do not understand,” said Chau.
Attorney Mark Reichel, known as a leader in consumer rights, says the idea has merit, especially in California.
Chau’s proposed bill is much like his shortened idea, coming in at only 110 words.