...E-banking tip: Mom's maiden name? Say 'grapefruit'
Interesting link, thanks.
It's to USAtoday.com
that seems to be one of those sites that has an annoying pop-up telling
you what you are "agreeing to" by default:
Note the instruction: "By using this site, you agree to the Privacy Notice and Terms of Service."/RANT ON:
Unfortunately, having someone instructing me like this is almost guaranteed to spark the immediate thought in response:"No I don't agree, and you can't make me agree in a free society, so you can shove it where the sun don't shine."
- and I'd avoid using that website in future.
I mean, why do they have to take such a silly dictatorial stance - one which is almost guaranteed to put some people's backs up?
Why the heck can't they be polite, respectful and apologetic - like so many other sites are - about the fact that they are obliged to treat the website access as a tacit agreement and to tell you about it, due to some (stupid) bureaucratic ordinance?
Well, the answer is likely to be that their editorial staff either haven't got a polite and respectful attitude towards their readers (unlikely), or have had their editorial control in this matter taken away from them by corporate lawyers who certainly don't possess a polite and respectful attitude towards any
I say this because I couldn't care less about reading the Privacy Notice
or Terms of Service
, and I am unlikely to ever read either of them, and furthermore there is a well-established rule of law in Contract that "Silence does not constitute agreement" to any contract - particularly relevant, for example, in the case of the formerly prevalent unethical practice of some companies that would send people unsolicited goods (Encyc. Brit. being one of the prime offenders as I recall) and then demand payment.
Thus, it is a contractual
matter. The law was eventually changed such that (I think) the recipient of such unsolicited goods had no liability except maybe for a temporary
duty of care only
for the goods, allowing sufficient time for the senders to retrieve them at their own cost