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EFF crafts "Terms of Service" tracker

By Justin
Jun 4, 2009
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  1. If you\'ve ever made use of any online service, you\'ve agreed at least once to a Terms of Service. While some people may be vigilant and make sure to read through every term, most of us just skip right on through – which is what most companies expect. Further, whenever a service updates their terms, they often offer no more than a brief announcement they\'ve done such. Some may require you to “re-agree”, but even then most people just click without reading. Other companies do not even offer that, changing the ToS at will without notification.

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  2. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    This is pretty cool and a great idea. I like how they have Blizzard on the list heh.
     
  3. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 1,058

    I personally feel that big company shouldn't just have the ability to set any or change anything in a tos/toa. Some company's dominate markets and are easily able to control them. While I know it's legally found. I don't believe it's fair to the consumers. They should have to be heard infront of supreme court with valid reasons stating why they are changing anything, if it directly effects the consumer. While this might sound a bit bias. The US government atleast shouldn't allow company's that effect the masses have complete control. A great deal could be said. But what I am trying to say is... we shouldn't just allow them to do whatever they please. But then again this is a bit unpractical.
     
  4. polidiotic

    polidiotic TS Rookie Posts: 103

    The government's involvement in private sector companies should be at a minimum. A free market allows companies to conduct business in the manner in which they please, within the boundaries of law, to attract consumers in any way they can. Terms of Service are there to protect the company, due to the actions of the consumer and their willingness to find loopholes around the service/product they use, or any mischievous acts they intend to use the service/product they have for.

    Terms of Service, while annoying to the consumer, are a necessary evil. If they didn't exist, companies would be defenseless against potential lawsuits and unnecessary complaints.

    They have become, however, very long-winded and confusing, allowing for several "Terms" to become overly self-serving and dictatorial. This doesn't mean that companies shouldn't be allowed to change their terms with changing times, however... it just means that you should read and know what you sign. I'm guilty of not reading the ToS, myself, but I really don't intend to do anything illegal or break the rules. I also don't spread around personal information or property on the internet, so I'm safe there.

    I think this is a pretty good idea, as it will just make ToS much easier to keep track of. I think the most important ToS you can read are that of your Internet, Cable, & Phone service providers, financial services, as well as your mortgage/Realtor contracts. Anything else is pretty fair game and typically obvious.
     
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