Policy Coding Methodology

To analyze the privacy policies, we created a set of coding tags, or facets. Policies were evaluated for Types of Data Collected, General Data Collection Practices, and Data Sharing Practices. Each policy received an evaluative code of YES, NO, or UNCLEAR for each category. YES and NO codes were only assigned if the distinction could clearly be made based on the wording of the site’s privacy policy. UNCLEAR was given if the given information was not specified or was to too nuanced or vague to be determined.