Slamdance Film Review: Terms and Conditions May Apply

Posted January 25, 2013 in

Terms and Conditions May Apply

Slamdance Film Festival

Director: Cullen Hoback


In this eye-opening documentary, Cullen Hoback draws viewers' attention to the plethora of reasons of why we should take a second look before clicking the "I Agree" button on the various Terms and Conditions documents we're constantly bombarded with online. From things like GPS data being sold to police departments to Carrier IQ—a software program that documents everything you do on your smartphone—to the massive NSA eavesdropping center in Bluffdale, UT, there are many reasons for us to rethink all the personal information we upload on a daily basis. Hoback very coherently raises questions about how our government treats issues of privacy and the 4th Amendment when it comes to online situations. Interviews with Minority Report-like victims of government intervention, working to "prevent" crimes before they happen, were particularly interesting. One of the end scenes, with Hoback "checking-in" at Mark Zuckerberg's house, was both entertaining and enlightening. This documentary should be mandatory viewing for everyone who uses the Internet.


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Slamdance Film Guide




Date: 1.22, 5:20 PM Venue: Treasure Mountain Inn, Main Screening Room

Date: 1.23, 11:30 AM Venue: Treasure Mountain Inn, Gallery Screening Room