terms of service

  • After Charlottesville, more web service providers ditch The Daily Stormer for TOS violations

    After Charlottesville, more web service providers ditch The Daily Stormer for TOS violations

    The Daily Stormer, a U.S. white supremacist website which self-bills as “The World’s Most Genocidal Republican Website” and includes a discussion board on “Nazi lifestyle”, currently appears to be offline. Several more web services companies have said they have dropped it as a customer. Read More

  • UK to criminalize re-identifying anonymized personal data

    UK to criminalize re-identifying anonymized personal data

    A major update to the UK’s data protection rules will place new requirements and responsibilities on companies that process users’ personal data, including by making it easier for consumers to withdraw consent their data to be processed; view what data is held on them for free; ask for their data to be deleted; and move their data between service providers. Read More

  • Matt Mitchell of CryptoHarlem is building an open source tool to help organizations prepare for data breaches

    Matt Mitchell of CryptoHarlem is building an open source tool to help organizations prepare for data breaches

    This morning on the stage of TC Sessions: Justice, Matt Mitchell of CryptoHarlem discussed his views on the link between surveillance and minority oppression and the importance of taking a preventative approach to security and privacy. Mitchell, a specialist in digital safety and encryption, is dedicating time to creating Protect Your Org, a free, open source, tool for all organizations… Read More

  • Pokemon Go T&Cs strip users of legal rights

    Pokemon Go T&Cs strip users of legal rights

    Players of Pokemon Go are not only giving up their right to act like sane human beings in public, as they walk around, zombie-esque, reaching into the phones held in front of their faces, they are also likely to be waiving legal rights if they don’t take a very close look at Niantic Labs’ Terms of Service for the game. Read More

  • 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 Co-founder Kevin Systrom Says It Is Committed To “Answering Questions And Fixing Mistakes”

    Instagram Co-founder Kevin Systrom Says It Is Committed To “Answering Questions And Fixing Mistakes”

    In a very carefully worded blog post penned by Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, he laid out what Facebook and Instagram will do to answer any and all questions that users might have over the recent privacy and terms of service changes. This was the “Beacon-Like” response we were anticipating: I’m writing this today to let you know we’re listening and to commit to… Read More

  • Do Customers Have A Right To Know How Companies Make Money?

    Do Customers Have A Right To Know How Companies Make Money?

    When Google started raising money in 1998, Sergey Brin and Larry Page didn’t have a revenue model — or at least that’s how the story goes. The company’s highly successful text ad program didn’t start until 2000, but Brin and Page may have had at least some idea of how to monetize the service by the time Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim gave them their check. 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

  • 500px’s Terms Of Service Are Kind Of Awesome

    500px’s Terms Of Service Are Kind Of Awesome

    Your access to and use of the Site may be interrupted from time to time as a result of equipment malfunction, updating, maintenance or repair of the Site or any other reason within or outside the control of the company. The company reserves the right to suspend or discontinue the availability of the Site and/or any Service and/or remove any Content at any time at its sole discretion and… Read More

  • Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Sue Them, According To New Terms Of Service

    Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Sue Them, According To New Terms Of Service

    Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed that Netflix wants you to “Agree” to something. The company has updated its terms of service, and within the new version, there lies an interesting little tidbit that you may want to review. From the “Arbitration Agreement”: These Terms of Use provide that all disputes between you and Netflix will be resolved by BINDING… Read More