It is a popular saying that one of the most popular lies is I’ve read and accepted the terms and conditions. Terms and conditions, privacy

I have read and accepted the terms

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It is a popular saying that one of the most popular lies is I’ve read and accepted the terms and conditions. Terms and conditions, privacy policies, end user license agreements, they’re all long and monotonously boring length of text we’re subjected to each time we use a service for the first time, especially when its free. The problem is, we never read them, and this could be dangerous.

I’ve heard one time that Apple reserved the right to use your iPhone’s camera to take a pic of your surroundings and obtain your location at any given time, this means that you can be having at it with your partner and as at that time, the Apple gods decided to take your iPhone camera for a spin and they take a cute pic of you canoodling with your paramour. Yucky; right?

Take this current Facebook/Instagram debacle. The service changed and reworded its terms of use in such a way that it acquired the right to sell or make use of your pictures without you being notified or being compensated for it. If people didn’t really read this thing, it would have just passed along quietly and in a few months later, you see pics you took of your pretty sister used by cosmetic companies to advertise a facial cream, or even worse use a pic of your frowning lover to make adverts for Viagra. It is good that the company has retraced its steps and back-pedalled immediately.

This reminds me about one link sent to me by a mischievous BBM contact. I opened the link to see a so-called online compatibility calculator. You put the names of the people you wanna check, e.g. your name and your crush’s and then send it on. There was a disclaimer at the bottom of the page that the person has accepted the terms once he clicks the ‘Submit’ button. I checked what these terms were and I saw that the names you submit would be sent to an email of the person that created that site. In this case, my name and the nane of my supposed crush would be sent to that BBM contact who sent the link. I’m quite sure that most people would have sent in these info before they got to know about the prank.

How many more of these terms have been seen and accepted by oblivious users? I install a new software today, get to the parts of EULA, scroll scroll scroll, click ‘I accept’.

For all I know the app may have inserted: ‘We’ll track your personal information and use it to hack your online services and you have no right to sue us about it’, or “We’ll give you a curse of the seven hells while you use it”, or “We’ll spy your activities with your webcam and send it to your admirers”. But we just go ahead and click “I’ve read and accepted the terms”. The bottomline of my rant is that we should endeavour to take a look at terms and conditions before we agree to them.

Happy Post World Destruction Day.

10 comments

  1. Nice one. But don’t blame us for not reading. Often than not, the terms of Agreement are tens of pages long!

    But then, it is not a bad idea to be more prudent!

  2. i downloaded an app calld solar charger frm d android market tinkin WOW wat a nice app, i can charge my fone wit my fone. later noticd d app drained my fone ba3, den i decided to read d license of d app nd oda jargons. den i found out d app was just a dummy punishin pple for nt readin instructions b4 downloading apps.

  3. interesting.

    yes, most people hardly ever read those (tiny) disclaimers.

    except maybe for the finicky types. Or, the. Lawyers.

    it is probably due to intellectual laziness.

    but, I suspect that my own reason is also due to my complete insouciance about some of these privacy thing.

    do I really care if someone in Honolulu or Azteca is using my photograph for dubious purpose? Or listening to to my conversation? do I give a hoot if a crackpot wants to track my location?

    absolutely not! Luckily, most of us are not 007 James Bond.

    Where I would be more careful is in signing business documents with clauses that may deprive me of certain legal rights. Like those Insurance s documents.

    But, on a general basis, yes, we need to pay more attention to details.

    The Author is a legal luminary , Not surprised he put up this post.

  4. You could just scroll a bit not too slowly and glance through as fast as you can while looking for any curious wordings, I even hear there are software that can help with this thing, I haven’t confirmed though.

    @Eye.Bee.Kay I’m a student ooh, lumi-for where?

    You may not really care about it but I’m not so sure you’ll like it if your own pics are used without some form of permission or compensation

  5. Lekan that’s really hilarious. There’s no way you can ‘use your phone to charge your phone’ when its not like it has a solar panel built on the screen, good you learnt your lesson though… 😀

  6. the punishment? southpark season 15 episode 1 says it all,lol.. like seriously they are always long, *sigh* OK OK I will try and glance through. I hope I remember though. but is it as bad as u paint it?

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