“I agree”

We all do it. There’s no reason to hide from the truth, you do it, I do it, everyone does it. You sign up for a service, enter your email, get to the Terms and Conditions and that’s where everyone does it.

They see the Terms and Conditions, which are usually twice the length of War and Peace, and without reading a word they click “I agree” and move on with the sign up process.

“Come on come on, just get me to the app already”

Two simple words, “I agree” . . . but what are we agreeing to? We convince ourselves that it’s probably some legal mumbo jumbo and since we aren’t doing anything illegal we have nothing to worry about, so we click that button and we “agree” to their term . . . blindly agree.

The truth is that often the Terms and Conditions are just legal mumbo jumbo, but every once in a while some companies try to pull a fast one on their customers and put some terms in there that are highly questionable.

Evernote recently came under fire when it was revealed that their recent update to their Terms and Conditions included a provision where under certain circumstances employees of Evernote will be allowed to read the content you store on there . . . oh, and you couldn’t opt out of this invasion of privacy.

This is not the first time (and sadly won’t be the last) that companies will try to sneak in a line in their Terms and Conditions that give them the right to snoop on you.

Google Cloud once included in their Terms and Conditions this little piece of nugget:
By submitting, posting, or displaying any Customer Data on or through the Services, Customer gives Google . . . license to use any Application and/or Customer Data for the sole purpose of enabling Google to provide, maintain, protect, and improve the Services in accordance with the Agreement.

Google was essentially getting free rein to use your data however they see fit.

There’s better ways of protecting your data

In the past major tech companies ranging from Facebook to Twitter to Uber have been called out for having questionable policies that gave them an opening to harvest customer data and compromised customer privacy for their own gain.

For customer’s that wish to protect their privacy online it becomes more imperative that they look for companies that protect their data. Keep an eye out for companies that openly state that they “don’t take part in data mining or selling your personal account information in any way whatsoever” which is crucial for those of us that value our data.

So before you click that button when you’re signing up for a new service just make sure that you truly “agree” with their Terms and Conditions or you might be opening yourself up to getting some random employee peeking into your personal data.