Surely there should be a better way in 2018 – a better way to deliver the gist of what you’re getting into when you check the “I Agree” box indicating that you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions which form part of using whatever service you’re using? I mean seriously, we all know – each and every last one of us – we all know that you’re supposed to read the Ts & Cs so that you know exactly what you’re signing up for, but who really does?
Anyway, any legal expert will tell you that you should just go and make yourself that cup of coffee, sit down and dedicate a few minutes of your life to reading the terms, because they’re legally binding and could have some dire consequences for you down the line, should things go wrong. It’s not likely that things would go wrong in such a way that you’ll lose your house or something like that, but there’s always a slight possibility.
I guess if I put it in that way then it should definitely get your attention as it kind of puts things into a bit of perspective, doesn’t it?
Those of you who are fond of the adult animated series, South Park, might very well be aware of that one episode where Steve Job’s character, representing Apple of course (suggestively so or as a parody), slipped in some terms and conditions into the use of the iPhone I think or some or other Apple software, and by agreeing to those terms and conditions without having read them specific users of those services subsequently signed themselves up to be part of a very degrading human experiment.
Go check it out – it’s hilarious, but otherwise what I’m getting at with today’s post is that as much as those terms and conditions you agree to are legally binding, by merely having checked to agree to them you don’t necessarily sign away your entire life. Agreeing to all terms and conditions is not the absolute end, even if something happened which was expressly and explicitly included in what is effectively a legally binding contract.
I mean otherwise it would be easy for everybody involved, but then whoever the service provider is would hold all the power and they could effectively just stipulate some terms and conditions which would have to be adhered to by everyone. That would give them power to abuse the law and pretty much just do what they want.
That’s why the legal industry exists though and that’s why if you’re perhaps looking for the services of a personal injury lawyer Seattle has one of the best firms specialising in various areas of local and national law. That’s the trick to it though – I made mention of a personal injury lawyer as a kind of subtle hint that you don’t necessarily have to deal rope in the services of a lawyer who claims to specialise in something like digital law should you perhaps suffer a personal injury as a result of having used some digital services which have terms and conditions that effectively indemnify the service provider.
It’s not the end – get a personal injury lawyer and take advantage of the free case evaluation / initial consultation they usually have on offer to gauge the strength of your case. There is recourse for those who go forth and seek it.