Look before you leap.


After a conversation with a circle of friends today it struck me yet again, the average internet consumer has too much apathy to care about the ramifications of signing up for a new online service. There is a large feeling of well if it's that bad they couldn't do it! or Our legal system won't let them get away with it. If this is your thought  process I have a time share I'd like to sell you.

The American legal system is a tricky web of words. I don't claim to understand even a quarter of the legal system but I know when you enter a contract with terms be them right or wrong the contract will win out 99.9 percent of the time. But But I didn't sign a contract! Bull. The internet, software, apps, hardware they all come with some sort of EULA or ToS. Have you ever read even one? Or researched the main points of the EULA/ToS? You might be shocked at what you've just signed up for. Facebook OWNS your photos and information. They don't need your permission to disseminate any information.  They can also sell any of it, including the photos of your drunken night of debauchery. There is nothing you can do about it.  Many software agreements state that you can make one archival copy of your software but you can only have one.  Below are some sites that can help you make sense of it all.

Eula's Explained


NY TIMES What Instagrams New Terms of Service mean for you.

For the love of Bob please stop taking that apathetic approach and realize what you are doing.

Side note: There was recently a piece on NPR talking about a student who took charge of his online information and was selling it himself to companies. This makes complete sense why sit back and let someone else make money off your information when you can make money off of your information. If you are so comfortable with having it mined mine it yourself and profit.

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