March 2, 2012 at 4:52 PM ET
Life is literally too short to read privacy policies.
This may be the one obvious win for Google users, seeing asthe search giant just unified the more than 70 privacy policies across its manyproducts. Digital rights advocates note that Google now has a morecomplete dossier on you to sell to its marketers, and hand over to the feds, should they ask. Butthink of the savings!
As Madrigal points out, here's how the cost of privacy breaks down:
Of course, this study is from 2008, long before Google'sunification. And of course, you've got to budget for inflation as well. Still,it's worth reviewing the price of policies. Check out Madrigal's review of the studyhere.