The TOU is a different matter, but, again, users and the law have forced companies into the situation where they have to explicitly spell out every detail. Even with that, Google's terms are written in what seems to me to be plain English (https://policies.google.com/terms?gl=us). What would you cut from that to make it more concise? I can see a few things, but I'm also not a lawyer, and I'm not equipped to judge what liabilities each sentence might protect Google from.
I don't agree at all with your point of view. I still think consenting adults can take some responsibility for making their own decisions about things. Obviously there should be exceptions when there are serious safety concerns, but such is plainly not the case with search engines.
Anyway, the TOU doesn't even address privacy very much. It would be a paragraph shorter if Google collected no user data at all. So I don't really think that is the point the top-level poster in this thread was making. Or if it was the point they were trying to make, they were doing so circuitously indeed.
You can, if the companies would not track users.
"We are not logging your activity, we are not using cookies unless you are using the webshop's cart and we delete it when the transaction is confirmed. We do not share your private information to anyone but the payment company.
We log IPs for 3 months for technical debugging. We do not try to identify the people the IPs belong to unless an illegal intrusion is detected."