Ok, so I can use my computer`s functions to enlarge the text, but why should I? If I expect my client to enter into a legally binding agreement on the basis of the conditions provided, these should be easily accessible and readable. And that`s not the case, I`m wary right away and I put my detective skills to the test. What are the contractual “bad guys” that are hidden in this tiny text and what kind of company would it consider reasonable to present such a thing? So, instead of checking the terms and conditions of sale, I took care of researching the context of this company to verify that they are a worthy supplier for my customer – and I discovered some very interesting things! But most of the time, we only shrug our shoulders when we are asked. Initially, more than two-thirds of ProPrivacy.com respondents said they had read the agreement and 33 said they had read it from top to bottom. When the device was at the top, they offered the same old excuses: it took too long to read everything. They believed that the organization had its best interests in its heart. Or they didn`t care. Nearly six in ten adults (58%) said they would rather read a user manual or their electricity or credit card bill than go online, and more than one in 10 adults (12%) would prefer to read the phone book. Today, 43% of those who don`t always read terms and conditions say they are boring or difficult to understand. But by not checking the fine print, they darken in the darkness over their rights until something goes wrong. Those who clicked were faced with a long usage agreement. In this agreement, there were buried mischievous clauses, such as one that gives your mother permission to check your Internet browser history and another that gives naming rights to your firstborn.
Given that the commercial terms of some Internet companies are longer than Shakespeare`s Hamlet, could it be that “unfair” clauses in agreements are not even worth the paper on which they are printed? Some companies reward customers who dig through the fine print. Last year, Georgia high school teacher donelan Andrews earned $10,000 to study the terms of the travel insurance she had acquired for a trip to England. Florida insurer Squaremouth offered the award for the first person who emailed the company. It gives companies the right to modify everything that was agreed in the initial agreement, and by continuing to use the service, users accept without giving their explicit consent. Credit card agreements are known to put “surprise fees,” interest rates, and payment terms in the fine print of contracts. The fine print may be prescribed by law or recommended by a company`s legal department. Well, I would if the fine print wasn`t ridiculously small! “Fine print” means a reference to the terms of the contract, disclosures or other important information that is not contained in the main part of a document, but is placed in footnotes or a companion document. This attitude “que será será” is understandable. There are few laws or regulations that protect privacy online, so protecting our personal data from curious glances can come across as an exercise in futility. But we can all take steps to thwart company surveillance 24/7.
It starts with reading the fine print. The project offers a free browser extension that identifies and evaluates these agreements on the sites you visit, from very good (class A) to very bad (class E). When installed in your browser, it scans the terms of service to discover the disturbing things….