Shereen just upgraded her IOS version. Every time we do that, it comes up with the “I have read the Terms and Conditions” button. We click that, we state that we are using the software as long as we agree to follow whatever mandatory rules the company put forward for us to follow.
And we lie.
We lie because only a tiny percentage of people actually read the terms and conditions. For anything. Rented a house? Sure, I’ve read the terms and conditions. Bought a new car? Sure I’ve read the terms and conditions. Adopted a child? Sure I’ve read the … wait, did that say Son of Satan?
Here are a couple of the things you are signing away when you click the button/sign along the dotted line/dip your quill in the bloody ink.
From my car insurance:
“We will not cover any loss, damage or liability as a result of:
- War or warlike activity:
- War does not have to be declared
- Hostilities, rebellion, insurrection or revolution
- Contamination by chemical and/or biological agents, which results from an act of terrorism
- Anything nuclear or radioactive
- You can only belong to one Family at a time, and may join any Family no more than twice per year.
- Consult a doctor before using the products offered through the iTunes Service
- APPLE DOES NOT REPRESENT OR GUARANTEE THAT THE APP AND BOOK SERVICES WILL BE FREE FROM LOSS, CORRUPTION, ATTACK, VIRUSES, INTERFERENCE, HACKING, OR OTHER SECURITY INTRUSION, AND APPLE DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY RELATING THERETO.
- Apple reserves the right to take steps Apple believes are reasonably necessary or appropriate to enforce and/or verify compliance with any part of this Agreement.
This is what you’re signing when you click “I agree”. No changing families. Buy the virus-filled apps and ibooks. And if Apple decides that they should murder your first-born to enforce and/or verify compliance with their agreement, well, you just agreed that that is ok as well.
Did you hear about the company that had a clause in their T&Cs that gave them ownership of the user’s immortal soul? It was an April Fool’s joke, but it made a very clear point: people don’t read the terms and conditions. Any self-respecting evil overlord would take advantage of this.
So, I’m going to create an app. It will be marvellous. Everybody will want it. And I’ll have all of the basic terms and conditions. But, just for those people who don’t read the terms and conditions, I’ll add in a few of my own.
So as a warning, here they are. Read them carefully. And choose whether you want my cool app, or whether it’s just not worth it.
CoolApp Terms and Conditions
- The developer takes no responsibility for any damage this app might cause to the machines or devices the app invades.
- There is a good chance that this app will never be updated again. The developer makes no apologies for this, so get over it.
- The developer will remove access to any user who scores the app less than five stars on the app store.
- The developer might make certain demands of users. By accepting these terms and conditions, you are accepting that these demands are fair and reasonable and that you will abide by these demands in a timely manner. These demands may include (but are not limited to):
- The user will provide safe haven for the developer and any associates that may need sanctuary.
- The user is expected, with fair notice, to contribute to a standing army to defend the holdings and lands of the developer in times of war.
- The developer may, on occasion and again with fair warning, visit the user’s home and at that time, should be provided with food and lodging. Moreover, a ball should be held in the developer’s honour, at the full expense of the user.
- The app has been extensively tested, but the developer will not be held liable for damages caused by effects outside of the standard test cases. For example, portal rifts leading to alien invasion shall not be deemed the fault of the developer.
- In the case that the developer requires a liver, spleen, brain, heart or other vital organ, the user will go to any length to provide the developer with said organ (no questions asked). The developer will endeavour to return the organ in a timely manner but cannot assure the quality of the returned item.
- Your genetic code, facial likeness and other personal information may be used by the developer for various purposes set out in the privacy document. The user accepts any liability for actions taken by the resulting robotic clone.
Did I miss anything? You have been warned.