SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah students who gathered Friday to hear a panel discussion on the ethics of “big data” were asked if any of them had consented to the iTunes user agreement.
Nearly every hand was raised. XMission founder Pete Ashdown then asked which of them actually read the agreement. All hands dropped but one.
“That’s the kind of difficulty we have in the Internet age,” Ashdown said. To fully understand what consent means, especially with big companies that change their agreements frequently, he said, people likely need a computer science degree and about 30 years of experience in the field.