Oct 052012
 
 October 5, 2012  Business

Ted Samson reports:

What are the odds that the average person reads the ToS (terms of service) before signing on to a new social networking site, email service, or any other service or software? Probably slightly worse than the odds that the average user will, indeed, RTFM (read the freaking manual) before calling the help desk when trying to figure out a new software or service. In other words: slim to nil.

A group of privacy enthusiasts has launched a free, open-source-inspired project called Terms of Service; Didn’t Read (ToS;DR) in the hopes of helping users make better-informed choices before blithely clicking Agree when presented with those walls of legalese.

Read more on InfoWorld.

  One Response to “Gotcha! Group uncovers privacy lies in websites’ fine print”

  1. Sounds good…hopefully next step will be providing site owners with a few standard clauses to ascribe to for their customers benefit.

    An “A” type TOS could be we don’t intentionally track you, cookie you, bloat you, sell you or compromise the info you willingly provide or opt in to and will make better than reasonable effort to ensure this.

    An “F” type TOS might be, in contrast, one to avoid…save for their honesty in what they won’t assure.

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