ToS

  • How To Explain Your Privacy Policy And Terms Of Service Changes

    How To Explain Your Privacy Policy And Terms Of Service Changes

    Today, I sat down with our own Josh Constine to discuss all of the ruckus having to do with the recent privacy policy and terms of service changes for Instagram and Facebook, which caused a bit of an uproar. There was so much confusion that Instagram’s co-founder, Kevin Systrom, had to write a blog post to dispel some of the rumors and assure us that Facebook has its users’… Read More

  • Instagram Speaks Out On Users’ Concerns About TOS Changes, Will There Be A Beacon-Like Apology?

    Instagram Speaks Out On Users’ Concerns About TOS Changes, Will There Be A Beacon-Like Apology?

    As you might have been following this week, Instagram and Facebook made changes to its terms of service and privacy policy that allows Facebook to sell access to user’s photos for advertising purposes. This is much like the backlash that happened with Beacon, in which CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted an apology from the company in 2007. Today, Instagram has responded in a tweet, suggesting that… Read More

  • Instaport.me, The “Blessed” Archival Service For Instagram, Is Buckling Under The Demand For Requests

    Instaport.me, The “Blessed” Archival Service For Instagram, Is Buckling Under The Demand For Requests

    Ever since Instagram and Facebook announced their updated terms of service, folks have been wondering what it means for them. We’ve tried to lay that out for you so that you can draw your own conclusions, but it seems a lot of people want to download an archive of their Instagram photos, potentially to delete their account completely. Instagram suggests using a site called Instaport.me to… Read More

  • Putting An End To The Biggest Lie On The Internet

    Putting An End To The Biggest Lie On The Internet

    It’s long been said that “I agree to the terms of service” is the biggest lie on the internet. And even if you do read them, many TOS are so ridden with legalese that you practically need to be a lawyer to understand them. Also, as I wrote in a gloomy post last weekend, users have no choice but either agree to the terms offered by a web app or simply not use the service… Read More

  • SnapTerms: Terms Of Service As A Service

    SnapTerms: Terms Of Service As A Service

    You might not think that something like a website’s Terms of Service would be all that interesting, but you’d be wrong. After that post about how awesome 500px’s Terms of Service are (tl;dr: they translate them into human speak), the inbox kind of blew up with questions. Is anyone else doing this?, emailers wanted to know, can I talk to them? (Also: hey, stupid, Aviary has… Read More

  • Verizon changes service plans

    Anyone using Verizon should take note that Verizon will be updating its plans and ToS agreement today, meaning you have something like 30 days to opt out of your contract should you want an iPhone bad enough. These new plans are better for the customer though (depending on how you look at it), with Mobile Web becoming free, data connections no longer using minutes, and all the voice plans… Read More

  • Sprint Right Plan Promise

    Sprint loves you very much I’m sure, but retaining new customers is how the wireless industry makes the big bucks. Now new customers at Sprint will be able to hold the carrier to its new Right Plan Promise. It works by allowing new customers to make changes to their plan within the first six months of activation. That means if you need more minutes, have to get a new phone, or… Read More

  • Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan Not So Unlimited

    Having EVDO on a notebook when you’re out and about is certainly a treat. But all good things must come to an end and in this case, it just so happens to be the word “unlimited”. For over a year now, Verizon has been touting its EVDO data plan as “unlimited,” when in reality, if you went over 5GB of downloads a month, your service would be cancelled for fear that… Read More

  • Want To Ditch Cingular? Now’s Your Chance

    Recently, you may have heard about text messaging fees increasing in price for Cingular customers. The $.10 to $.15 jump is enough to piss off a few people I’m sure. So if you’re a Cingular customer and hate the new rates or just want to ditch your service altogether, now’s your chance. Cingular points out in their ToS agreement the following: “IF WE INCREASE THE PRICE… Read More