Terms And Conditions May Apply

2013 NR 1h 20m DVD

Terms And Conditions May Apply

2013 NR 1h 20m DVD
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Through interviews with technology thought leaders and futurists -- including Mark Zuckerberg, Orson Scott Card and Margaret Atwood -- this timely documentary examines the erosion of privacy in the digital age.
Orson Scott Card, Raymond Kurzweil, Joe Lipari, Moby, Mark Zuckerberg
Noah Cooper
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Terms and Conditions May Apply is an eye-opening documentary about the way that various online companies -- be they e-commerce sites, Internet service providers, search engines, or social media networks -- collect, store, and share their users' personal information, thanks to those long and usually unread terms of service agreements. There's occasional racy content and strong language (in text) shown on the screen, as well as blurry photos of people on Facebook or Twitter, but otherwise, this is an informative (and frightening!) documentary about consumers' digital footprints and how your every keystroke could one day be used against you. It's great family viewing for parents and tweens/teens who want to be safe, smart digital citizens.

Sexual Content

Quick shots of provocative tweets and Facebook status updates about one-night stands, threesomes, hooking up, and other "TMI" topics.


A man describes how he was refused entry into the United States, questioned for hours, and pushed around by the authorities because of a tweet.


Strong language isn't said but is shown in screen grabs, including "f--k," "s--t," and more.

Social Behavior

Various experts encourage consumers not to be passive about the ubiquitous terms of service that digital companies require you to agree to when you sign up. The filmmaker wants audiences to know their rights as digital consumers -- and the way that companies change their terms of service to benefit them and share users' personal data.


Video clips from South Park, Parks and Recreation, and Minority Report, and the documentary discusses major digital companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and more.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One of the interviewees (a hacker) holds an unlit cigarette but doesn't smoke it.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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