EFF Launches Terms of Service Tracker for Facebook, Google, and Others

June 4th, 2009 | by Josh Catone

Quick, raise your hand if you actually read the terms of service and privacy policy at every web site you visit. Yeah, that’s okay — I don’t either. In fact, most people don’t.

And the reason they don’t is that web site terms and polices are generally long, often in confusing legalese, and would take the average person 8 days of reading to actually consume every one they come across in a single year (and that’s actually just for privacy policies!). So if reading all those terms and conditions is so unlikely in the first place, how is anyone expected to be able to keep track of the changes and updates that companies often make?

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is launched a new site called TOSBack, which monitors terms of service, user agreements, and privacy policies for many of the web’s largest sites, including Amazon, Google, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, and Apple. In all, the site is currently tracking 44 policies for any sort of changes.

Read full article on Mashable: http://mashable.com/2009/06/04/eff-tosback/