4 Scary Terms of Service You'll Click Anyway
"They're usually unreadable, filled with legalese, and consumers have little motivation to read the entire thing," says Hanni Fakhoury, a staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights advocacy organization.
Unfortunately, clicking that button is legally tantamount to signing a contract. The EFF noted in a 2009 white paper that American courts have generally held such "clickwrap" agreements to be legally enforceable contracts so long as consumers are presented with the agreement and required to click or check off that they read it. (By contrast, "browsewrap" agreements, in which terms of service are simply available for viewing somewhere on a Web site, have been held to more scrutiny in courts.)