They did not read the terms and conditions of public Wi-Fi.  They signed up to clean toilets, the park and pet cats

Before you sign up to use a service, according to current legislation, which applies practically all over the world, you must agree to the so-called general conditions. These are usually very detailed, multi-page, so almost no one reads them as a result. A group of American politicians came up with the idea to solve this problem by including a mandatory summary, a law aptly called the TLDR.

TLDR (too long, didn’t read) in internet slang is a situation where you have long text, discussion, whatever and some good soul will give you a brief description of what is at stake so that you do not have to spend hours reading. U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, Ben Ray Lujan, and Congresswoman Lori Traham borrowed the acronym, naming their law. Terms-of-service Labelling, Desing and Readability Act, which is to introduce the TLDR into the general conditions of use of services.

In practice, this means that under the new law, the general terms of use for online services would have to include a summary of the main points so that people know what they agree with. Because hand on heart – documents tend to be so long and written so lifelessly that none of us read them, at least not in full. But then it can happen that we accidentally give permission for something we don’t want.

The companies themselves take advantage of this and rely a bit on the fact that customers do not really read the texts and often include debatable obligations, demands, etc., usually about the use of data. Simply a classic situation about small print below the line. A mandatory TLDR is supposed to help solve this, people would be more informed about what they are honored with. Politicians even anticipate that the summary will be really brief so that everyone can find their way around it, they should be at the beginning of the general conditions.

The authors of the law refer in particular to studied of 2012, according to which if the average American wanted to read the entire terms of use for all the services he uses, he would spend 76 working days. According to Traham, this is not bearable.

The law then includes other new obligations, for example, online services would have to start listing all recent data leaks and whether people can request the deletion of data associated with their profiles. This is an aspect that the GDPR addresses in Europe.

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