In September of 2015, Terms and Conditions debuted its new logo and a new initiative, a Legal LAB. Well then, after some hard work, the first fruit of the LAB is here, the Tracker of Terms and Conditions.
WHAT IS THE TRACKER OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS?
A big evolution of the previous and more primitive version that I’ve been using for the last two years as a «handmade» way to track when and how the terms and conditions change.
The new tracker is an active surveillance tool that almost in real time tracks and monitors what service has changed its terms and conditions, when has that change happened, what document changed, the percentage of text that was modified and how did it change relative to the previous version of the document.
WHO ARE THE CREATORS?
From the Terms and Conditions «Legal LAB», the creators of the Tracker of Terms and Conditions are: Jorge Morell Ramos, this humble servant :p, and Alberto de Rodrigo Aparicio, a developer obsessed with the idea to make the most out of the legal engineering. For more information.
WHAT INFORMATION DOES THE TRACKER OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS OFFER?
Besides the data already mentioned and shown below in the picture (who changes it, when does it change, what does it change and how does it change), the tracker also says what kind of change it was. That means that every change detected is tagged taking into account if it was notified or not to the user and the type of content modified.
That way, using a color-system, the user can know if an important change was notified or not (green or red) or if the change was not important (orange). For more information.
Then, using your RSS feed reader, you can be up to date with all the changes, or just the ones from a particular company or service. Just follow the breadcrumbs > > > from a specific change.
HOW MANY SERVICES DOES THE TRACKER OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS MONITOR?
Nowadays, a little over 5.200 services and more than 7.000 terms and conditions. However, those numbers grow daily (sometimes more, sometimes less).
About the numbers, one important fact is that right now the tracker monitors the privacy policies of more than 4.000 services that were adhered to the now invalid Safe Harbor Framework. That means that 90-95% of the services that complied with Safe Harbor are tracked by the Tracker of Terms and Conditions.
HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THE INFORMATION FROM THE TRACKER OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS?
The last change from every text is available for everyone and this is not going to change for the time being. But as has already been said, the purpose of the «Legal LAB» from Terms and Conditions is to do legal engineering and share the knowledge gained out of it.
So, all the info is available for free and probably more is coming in the future.
Well then, here it is the Tracker of Terms and Conditions. 😛
I hope it can be useful.
Happy tracking and read you later!