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Terms of Service I Didn’t read…

By jpistori

TOSDR

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Terms of service are often too long to read, but it’s important to understand what’s in them. Your online rights depend on them. This website acts as your mediator between you and the site.  The one you’re about to blindly agree with any terms of service they may have. In real life we would never do such a thing. If someone handed you a contract and said “you must sign this before you ______ (insert anything)“, you bet your ass you would read it first and ask questions before you put your name anywhere near that dotted line.

The site “Terms of Service: Didn’t Read” also known as TOSDR rates the site in question and gives bulleted details of the positives and negatives of the terms and agreement. For example TOSDR rating for Google are as follows:

Class C

  • Screen Shot 2013-07-18 at 10.52.21 AM- Google keeps your searches and other identifiable user information for an undefined period of time
  • - Google can use your content for all their existing and future services
  • - Google can share your personal information with other parties
  • + Limited copyright license to operate and improve all Google Services
  • - Google may stop providing services to you at any time

This is the short list. You can always click the ‘more details’ link on the site to get the full scoop.

Be honest, do you ever actually read all that legal jargon before buying an app or song in the iTunes store?…. NOPE! Me either.

Check out the site TOSDR for yourself and let me know what you think. Will you be using this? I know I will be.

There is even a browser add-on that grants you a quick look at the rating of the website you’re currently visiting.

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Jason Pistorino is a graduate of Long Island University holding a Masters in Interactive Media Arts. Currently he satisfies his love for the web as Web Designer/Developer at Nassau Community College. He is Founder and Creative Director of Dominating Designs, his brainchild. After years of experience, he remains dedicated to continued professional development, i.e. long hours in front of the computer synthesizing all new advancements and information relevant to web design. With the growing success of his company, expansion has led him to the acquisition of new and invaluable talent in the form of specialized developers, designers and photographers.

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