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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to Rescue Consumers From Wordy Agreements.

Earlier this year, the self-proclaimed father of the World Wide Web, Berners-Lee expressed his concerns on how companies and other enterprises use dense terms and conditions to scare consumers from reading them and sneak in abrasive clauses. The European Union, seemingly aware of the unethical legal arm-stringing that consumers have been subjected to by all sorts of product and private providers, conjured the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a framework of guidelines which is meant to instill transparency in the terms and conditions to which users in the member countries of the European Union can be subjected.
Popular European Wi-Fi provider (it has foreign branches), Purple, made an objective study that had results which showed just how bad the present use of terms and conditions has become. The study, which was reportedly assumed to be a publicity stunt by some industry players, involved over 22,000 people who participated unaware of the real objective of the study.
The study was conducted by providing Wi-Fi connections to over 22,000 people who were provided access to Wi-Fi connections to access their social media platforms and online professional portfolios and communication apps. The Wi-Fi also let them gain access to entertainment sites. However, to access the services, those people had to agree to the terms and conditions, which were construed in a wordy fashion to fend off readers. The terms and conditions obliged the Wi-Fi users to commit 1,000 hours of customer service and legally obligated them to clean toilets, unblock sewers, collect animal waste in parks and offer free hugs to stray domestic pets in a community service clause.
The terms and agreement also featured another clause that promised anyone who would notice the queer obligations to report to Purple offices and collect a prize. Out of the 22,000 persons who subscribed to the Purple services, only one person bothered to collect the prize.