How many times have you seen this Terms and Conditions (T&C) applied but some of us we do not actually take our time to read through them, and when things go the other way you try to sue the company of which the problem was that you did not read and understand the Ts and Cs of that service.
We are going to look at what really is T&Cs, and a closer look at some of the major services we use on daily bases and see if you knew about the Terms and Conditions on them and why it is bad just to click/tick and sign the contact.
What is exactly Terms and Conditions?
Terms and Conditions, most of people would think about a very long agreement or statement showed everywhere whenever one signs up for a service or a contract. Actually it plays a very important role in our life in many areas like job contract or warranty of goods. Terms and Conditions or Term of service are rules and clauses which users must agree or abide in order to use a service. Unless in the violation of consumers protections law, these terms are usually legally binding to two parties(organizations and users). In other words, the time you agree the terms and clause, you must obey whatever they mentioned in the agreement of which in some cases we do obey to what the term of service said.
Why should we read T&C
Did you know?
These days most of us are worried if, when using WhatsApp Messenger what will happen to their conversations, according to WhatsApp’s T&C “Your messages are yours, and we can’t read them. We’ve built privacy, end-to-end encryption, and other security features into WhatsApp. We don’t store your messages once they’ve been delivered. When they are end-to-end encrypted, we and third parties can’t read them. Lots of WhatsApp users are worried and you can clearly see that they haven’t read the T&C of the messenger.
“Keeping Your Account Secure, You are responsible for keeping your device and your WhatsApp account safe and secure, and you must notify us promptly of any unauthorized use or security breach of your account or our Services” says WhatsApp
The parties shall comply with all applicable laws and governmental regulations issued from time to time. None of the parties is authorized or otherwise expected to take any action in the name of or otherwise on behalf of the other which would violate applicable laws and regulations, and any such representation shall be null and void.
The Bank may at any time upon notice to you terminate the EcoCash SAVE Services and close the EcoCash SAVE account.
You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition: For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensee, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).
What makes us agree without reading Terms and Conditions?
First of all, the age-group that have frequently contact with these agreements becoming younger nowadays, most of they are not as cautious and patient as the elderly do, when there is an agreement or contract, usually they just click on “agree” instead of spending time on reading that long and tedious terms and conditions. Secondly, people have assumption to think it is unnecessary to read just because that we seldom use or get involved in it, until one day some incident happen then we may regret that we never read it properly
What is the consequence of not reading Terms of Service?
Since online shopping become a trend, there are always terms and conditions for these products or services. However, a recently research shows that nearly six in ten adults said they would rather read an instruction manual or bank card bill than go through online terms. All the data indicates that people have not released the importance of terms and conditions, as a result, they might find themselves landed with extra fees or charges, in the worst case, they are involved in a lawsuit that totally unknown
As long as there are terms of service, then we may face those incidents happen while we ignore the importance of those terms. The best way to avoid the bad consequence happen is to make sure you read every agreement that we need to sign, and understand those clauses.
Look out for Part 2 of Terms and Conditions…..