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Broccoli for ToS;DR

Broccoli for ToS;DR broccoli128 (Terms of Service; Didn’t Read) is a free extension available in the Chrome App Store and GPL-forkable on Github.

Broccoli fetches the latest summaries from ToS;DR (a user rights initiative to rate and label websites’ terms of service & privacy policies).
Broccoli displays these summaries one point at a time, so you can digest the meaning of these agreements at your own pace (there’s also a list-view for a succinct overview).

Features:

  • Nicely formatted, point-by-point descriptions (along with metadata).
  • Option to review a service’s points (Is this fair? yes or no) (and download/export or clear all of your reviews).
  • A succinct list-view that provides a quick-look for all points of a website.
  • If a point is updated by TOS;DR, Broccoli will return it to ‘un-reviewed’ status.
  • Draws information from one of the best sources of summarized terms of service and privacy policies on the net.

“Broccoli” is kind of like terms of service: avoided at all costs, but good for you. ;)

Screenshot #1: Single points are displayed in the extension trey; log your opinions for future reference (your opinions are for your use only):
Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 11.25.01 AM

Screenshot #2: The list view shows an overview of summarized points and your opinions of fairness:
List view

My motivation for making Broccoli was two-fold:

1. By focusing on specific terms (as opposed entire, complex documents) we can more easily share our grievances or praise about a service & spark conversation.
2. Let’s help people form their own opinions about terms.

Get involved with ToS;DR! Here you can update or contribute terms of service summaries. You can also help develop the ToS;DR service. For questions about Broccoli the extension – check out Github repo or tweet to @spencenow

A walk through: