Terms of Service; Didn’t Read (ToS;DR) is a site that essentially distills the Terms of Service from hundreds of online companies and sites, provides a synopsis of those Terms of Service, and rates those terms of service for you.
The ratings range from Class A (meaning very good) to Class E (meaning very bad).
Not surprisingly, the larger the company (cough – YouTube, Twitter), the lower the rating, while smaller, more privacy conscientious organizations (such as DuckDuckGo, the “search engine that doesn’t track you”) tend to rate more highly.
As we have previously reported, studies show that nobody actually reads terms of service, and in large part that is because they are so ridiculously long, and often impenetrable.
Terms of Service; Didn’t Read aims to remedy that – at least the part where people don’t know what they are agreeing to before they agree to it.
Explains the ToS; DR site, “Terms of service are often too long to read, but it’s important to understand what’s in them. Your rights online depend on them. We hope that our ratings can help you get informed about your rights.”
The rating system works like this:
Go to the ToS; DR site, and find the company or organization whose Terms of Service you want to see summarized and reviewed. On the home page are summaries of the Terms of Service for dozens of companies – many of which are not yet rated, but many of which are.
|Get notified of new Internet Patrol articles for free!
|Or Read Internet Patrol Articles Right in Your Inbox!
as Soon as They are Published! Only $1 a Month!
Imagine being able to read full articles right in your email, or on your phone, without ever having to click through to the website unless you want to! Just $1 a month and you can cancel at any time!
ToS; DR ratings for Delicious and for DuckDuckGo
|We know you're sick of ads on websites. But we still need to pay to keep the lights on for you. So instead of huge ads and video ads, we use smaller, plainer ads. Still, if you'd like to support the Internet Patrol but not the ads, please consider supporting us here:|
In addition to the summary for a given company, you can click on “More
details” to get a detailed analysis of the company’s ToS.
No Paywall Here!
The Internet Patrol is and always has been free. We don't hide our articles behind a paywall, or restrict the number of articles you can read in a month if you don't give us money. That said, it does cost us money to run the site, so if something you read here was helpful or useful, won't you consider donating something to help keep the Internet Patrol free? Thank you!
|Get notified of new Internet Patrol articles!