Here at Media Underground Headquarters we don't generally use The New York Times as a stepping off point to steer you to an interesting documentary but in this case I couldn't find any other good reviews of this film. And that doesn't mean this documentary sucks it just means most of the reviewers were too stupid, corporate lackeys or had no idea how frightening this film is.
Anyway, read the review, check out their clever website, download and watch. I highly recommend it...
'The title of Terms And Conditions May Apply is unlikely to excite, but the content of this quietly blistering documentary should rile even the most passive viewer. Investigating our casual surrender of privacy rights every time we click the “Agree” button on those dense (and typically unread) online user contracts, the director Cullen Hoback outlines the real-life dangers of digital heedlessness. As the film illustrates, a random tweet or innocent Google search could summon a SWAT team to your door or transform you into a suspected terrorist.
'Actual horror stories aside, this concise and lively summary of the many ways corporations, law enforcement and government agencies gather, share and use our information - assisted by digital giants like AT&T and Google - is creepily unnerving.
'“Anonymity isn’t profitable,” one of the film’s more than 30 interviewees points out, and whether it’s cameras on Main Street or preinstalled software on your smartphone recording every keystroke, there has been an alarming rise in surveillance programs. While legal rulings on the programs remain shrouded in secrecy, they continue to serve multiple purposes, from attracting profits to deterring whistle-blowers and identifying protesters. If you’re planning a revolution - or just a political discussion group - better not tweet the location.' (N.Y. Times review & The Pirate Bay magnet link).