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5 Things to Look For Before Accepting Terms & Conditions

Is your corporate data at risk? Before uploading sensitive information to cloud services be sure to review these terms.
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The median length of a privacy policy from the top 75 websites is 2,514 words. PayPal's user agreement is a hefty 36,275 words long. By comparison, Shakespeare's Hamlet is 30,066 words long.

Without fail the agreements are boring and written in "legalize." But every once in a while an agreement will contain a hidden gem.

Tumblr, the popular blogging site, hit headlines when it was found the updated terms of service, already considered light reading by lawyer standards, included beautifully snarky one-liners such as:

“Don’t post private photos of your ex’s junk (no matter how attractive).
“If you want to ridicule or parody a public figure (and who doesn’t?) don’t try to trick readers into think you are actually that public figure.”
You have to be at least 13 years old to use Tumblr. We're serious: it's a hard rule, based on U.S. federal and state legislation. “But I’m, like, 12.9 years old!” you plead. Nope, sorry. If you're younger than 13, don't use Tumblr. Ask your parents for a Playstation 4, or try books.

"There are some services trying to simplify the agreement," says Shah. "But despite best efforts the devil is in the details. Always."

 

Becca Lipman is Senior Editor for Wall Street & Technology. She writes in-depth news articles with a focus on big data and compliance in the capital markets. She regularly meets with information technology leaders and innovators and writes about cloud computing, datacenters, ... View Full Bio

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