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Have You Ever Read App Terms and Conditions? Smart


Neither have we. A Norwegian group staged a marathon TV session reading for almost 32 hours the terms and conditions of the 33 most popular apps used in the country. The live show was not, to be sure, the most exciting thing to watch on TV. They were not doing for entertainment. The Norwegian Consumer Council was calling for common sense. The legal literature read on TV included the terms and conditions for apps such as those of Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Skype, Instagram and Angry Birds. The combined disclaimers that users must approve before using the apps exceed the length of the New Testament. We do not know of anyone who has faced legal action over those. Still, as the NCC said, the situation now “borders the absurd.” Perhaps the counsel behind these texts can take a leaf out of the Book of Exodus. It may simplify the rules.


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