DIFF 2013 Film Review: “Terms and Conditions May Apply”…a documentary that you must, should see

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Another strong documentary showing at that the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival is TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY. If you’ve ever stopped to wonder if you should accept the terms and conditions for that app or that free web service this film is the hammer that hits you over the head. Just what have you given Google and Facebook among other companies the right to?

Yes the subject matter is pretty scary as it deals with giving up your privacy but at least it’s told in an entertaining manner. Making the fright of it all more palatable is the quippy sarcasm of film creator, director Cullen Hoback as he narrates in his easy going manner. What’s mind blowing is the enormous amount of information this director was able to uncover about what happens to our information when we hit accept. At the end of the day this is another documentary warning us about the invasion of privacy that happens in the name of government and commerce. You can also learn that deleting something from Facebook doesn’t mean that it’s gone.

The pacing of the film is awesome not a moment spent overly long anywhere and the talking heads portion was engaging and entertaining to say the least with commentary from Moby, Orson Scott Card and others.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY can be seen at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival happening now through April 14. For more info go to www.dallasfilm.org

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