ContractVis - a visual assistant for the small print

Not noticing the small print

The internet has radically changed our everydaylife in many ways. Due to free deals and offers from social media, streaming services or online shops we often enter binding contracts without considering the general terms and conditions (GTC). Mobile devices further complicate the legibility of terms and conditions – the so-called “small print” is carelessly accepted and opens the door for possible intrusions and violations of consumer rights.

It's all about the details

Contract Vis supports the empowered consumer in making decisions regarding contracts online. Via text mining and information visualization, ContractVis processes the wording of a contract and provides users with a visual overview, available also on mobile devices. Moreover, it is possible to focus on detailled information regarding a specific topic, e.g. rescission from the contract.

Another feature allows for a direct comparison of two contracts and therefore enables you to examine different versions after modifications of a contract.

Results and prospects

ContractVis promotes an aware and critical approach to online contracts. All software resulting from the project will be made available as Open Source Software. The project emphasizes on user-centered design and a customized solution for German contracts.

Links

Find out more about ContractVis App

Find out more about Netidee

Final Report (in German)

Funded by netidee

Press coverage

Digital Leben

Publication date: 20.11.2017
Publisher: Ö1

 

Im Datendschungel von Big Data und Digitalisierung

Publication date: 13.04.2018

Medium: Campus & City Radio 94.4

Author: Anna Michalski

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