Terms of Service – too long, didn´t read?

“I have read and agree to the Terms” is the biggest lie on the web. We aim to fix that.”

Terms of service agreements typically require a user to agree to or abide by a certain set of rules before making use of the service provided. Millions of such agreements are conconcluded on a daily basis, yet very seldom are the terms even considered by the user before they have agreed to them. In the United States, the courts have held such agreements to be both binding and enforceable. These agreements have not yet been tested in our courts, but in principle it seems they may stand up as valid contracts.

Terms of service: Didn’t Read is a browser add-on which essentially provides crowd sourced summaries, ratings and labels for the common terms and service agreements that web users encounter on a daily basis.

Google’s Privacy and terms http://www.google.fr/intl/en/policies/privacy/key-terms/ has been given a “Classic C” rating and summarised as follows:

  • Google keeps your searches and other identifiable user information for an undefined period of time;
  • Google can use your content for all their existing and future services;
  • This service tracks you on other websites;
  • Google can share your personal information with other parties; and
  • Google may stop providing services to you at any time.

SoundCloud on the other hand has been awarded a Class B for the following reasons:

  • You stay in control of your copyright;
  • Collected personal data used for limited purposes;
  • 6 weeks to review changes;
  • Indemnification from claims related to your content or your account; and
  • Personal information can be disclosed in case of business transfer or insolvency.

To download the extension yourself click here http://tosdr.org/downloads.html

To learn more about the service click here http://tosdr.org/index.html

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