It’s a common quip about privacy policies: They’re so complex, you need a law degree to understand them.
A team at Carnegie Mellon took it to heart. Led by professor Norman Sadeh, the group asked law students to annotate more than 100 privacy policies from companies like Google and Facebook–putting their legalese into relatively plain language. Then, Sadeh’s team used their work to train an AI to do the same thing for 7,000 other privacy policies, effectively creating a searchable database that lays out these policies in clear terms. On their new portal, anyone can explore these Cliff’s Notes to common apps and websites, which are even rated by the grade level of their language.