“I have read and agree to the Terms” Yes, Click! LIAR! / by JD Andrews

We click them all the time, if you don't you can't join Facebook or Twitter, install software on your computer or post your photos on-line. So we scroll through paragraph after paragraph of mind numbing legal mumbo jumbo to reach that button “I have read and agree to the Terms” ummm....sure I did....*click*

"ToS or Terms of service — also known as Terms of Use, Terms & Conditions - are rules which one must agree to abide by in order to use a service. Terms of Service can also be referred to as Terms of Use or sometimes merely a Disclaimer, especially regarding the use of websites"

Have you ever taken the time to actually read one, me neither.

If we did, we'd probably not be so quick to click that 'accept' button.

But there is hope... http://tos-dr.info Terms of Service Didn't Read.

A great site that DOES read them and breaks each down and gives them a rating from Class A (good) to Class E (bad) — it helps us mere mortals understand what we just agreed to. Some service's like Twitter and Facebook are not rated yet but there is a break down of what's in their ToS.

To my surprise, a service that I've used for years and years and have even told others to use it, received the worst rating, Class E - the Twitter photo sharing service Twitpic.

Here are just a few scary tidbits you'll find in their ToS:

  • × Twitpic takes credit for your content
  • - Your content is for Twitpic and their partners
  • × Deleted images are not really deleted

In my opinion, that's not a service I want to continue using, So I deleted my 1,713 photos (even though the photos are really never deleted) and closed my account.

Thanks to sites like tos-dr.info for making it easier to understand what we agreed to after signing up for these services and helping us make better choices in the future.

Be careful out there, watch each others back! :)

~jd