This “that ser” attitude is understandable. There are few laws or regulations to protect online privacy, so protecting our personal data from curious glances can seem like an exercise in vain. But we can all take steps to thwart 24-hour corporate oversight. It starts with reading the fine print. The relevance of reading and understanding the terms of the contract relates to proof of contract formation, particularly the conclusion of a contract, that the agreements are entered into knowingly and intentionally. So your signal to have read and understood the contract (for example. B by clicking on a control box) serves as proof For your counterparty, you are fully aware of what the contract between you two implies. The motto of the ToS initiative; DR-User Rights (short for “Terms of Use; Did`t Read, inspired by the acronym Internet TL; DR” Too Long; Didn`t Read”: “I read the terms and I agree” is “the biggest lie on the web.” Out of 100 people, 19 clicked on the “Terms and Conditions” page, but only one person read it carefully enough to realize that they would allow drones to access the airspace above their home. Most of us ignore the fine print. But a woman who didn`t win $10,000. Others found themselves on the losing side of a contract they didn`t want to read.

Sofie Delauw/Getty Images/Cultura RF hide caption Fortunately, NameDrop does not exist. The students were the subject of an experiment conducted by two professors of communication, Jonathan Obar of York University in Toronto and Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch of the University of Connecticut. They confirmed in the laboratory what other scientists have carefully researched data on actual user behaviour: no one reads online contracts, licensing agreements, terms of use, privacy policies and other agreements. We say we do it with our millions of obedience clicks, but it is, like Obar and Oeldorf-Hirsch last year in their journal about the experience, “the biggest lie on the Internet”. The first thing I did was Google “Terms of Service Agreements.” However, I used the Duckduckgo search engine instead of Google. Duckduckgo`s privacy policy states that they do not need a privacy policy because they do not follow your browsing history. It is illustrated by cartoon kites that breathe fire on legal documents.