Bear in mind that, although usually written in dense legalese, privacy policies are not legally binding. They are closer to a promise or commitment than a rule. Privacy policies can be changed at any time. Most services make an attempt to inform customers of these changes in advance.
Bonus round: if you’re unsure of a service’s commitment to keeping your data safe and private, drop them a line. If a customer service agent replies, ask them if them if they have a person dedicated to dealing with the privacy and data protection concerns of their customers. If they don’t, don’t give them your information.
Good Privacy Policies
These are generally few and far between, but they do exist. In order to qualify they should be short, to the point and written in language you don’t need a law degree to understand. If you know of any other good ones, send us an email and let us know.