Quiet week before I have to make the run to California. In the Geek News section, I talk about Paul and Norbert of Caffination and Totally cool tech. They both have decided to end their shows after years of podcasts. It’s a sad week on that, and I wish them well. I don’t think it’s the last time I see either of those two. I raise my glass and go “Huzzah”!
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OK. So you join that new social network, or online software, even create an account for storage. While filling out the fom, you have this checkbox – do you agree with the Terms of Service? Sure! Check and go.
But what are you really checking? There literally could be a line in a TOS that says the company has every right to come over to your house and take food out of the fridge. You just agreed to it, so you might as well just open the front door.
That probably wont happen. But there are other TOS that could be just as dangerous. For instance, they might not be liable if a 3rd party hacks in and deletes your account. It might be their security hole, but it’s not their problem.
Reading and understanding these things can be a pain. However, a new project called TOS;DR, or Terms of Servicel Didn’t Read. Did you know that in Twitter’s TOS, you don’t have the right to leave the service?
It also could have changed since you started. They should send you a “Changes to our TOS” in at least email form. How many do, and more important, do you read it?
We need something visual. We need something simple. We need something that we can glance over and say yes. We don’t need a button that says we’ve read it.
And BTW – you should read your TOS for the sites you participate in. You might just have your eyes opened.
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