Terms of Privacy
Whenever you register on an app or subscribe to newsfeed from a website, you are presented with a word heavy, migraine-inducing document that you need to accept to before you can proceed with your work. Not wanting to go through hell just to sign up for a website, 99.99 percent of you would generally click on ‘I Accept’ and proceed. But have you ever thought about what was actually present there? There are two things that would be presented to you, viz.
- Terms and Conditions Agreement.
All this looks pretty simple. So why is there such a clutter of words when you are actually asked to accept it? Well, no agreement is as simple as it seems and both these agreements involve a good number of clauses in order to cover all bases. We shall now take a look at some of the more important clauses for both these agreements. First up: ‘terms and conditions agreement.’
- License to use the website.
- The ‘acceptable useage policy.’
- Whether the user is restricted from accessing any features of the website.
- Limitation of liability of the website.
- Exceptions to the agreement.
- Liability of the user in case of breach of agreement.
- Whether there are any 3rd parties involved in the operation of the site and their liability.
- Indemnification of the liability of the website in case of fault on the part of the user.
- The nature of information collection.
- The purpose for which the user’s information is collected and the manner in which it shall be used by the website.
- A ‘log data’ that details to the user the fact that some of the information is being automatically collected with the help of the web browser and servers that the user is using.
- ‘Cookies’ disclosure, that informs the user that the site will store cookies on their computer when they visit the website.
So, the next time you click on ‘I accept,’ please think of the potential ramifications of the agreement you are entering into and also know that your digital footprint is out in the open and available for tracking.