Read The Terms: Due Diligence

Posted by Neville on January 17, 2012 under Reviews | Read the First Comment

Due Diligence

Due DiligenceHave you ever read the Terms and Conditions of that hot new site that has been recommended to you?

More importantly, do you understand what the Terms and Conditions really mean?

Check The Terms and Conditions

I just signed up (to check out the promises being made) at a site recently, but could not progress to joining until I had agreed to the Terms and Conditions.

If I had read the terms and understood them, I would have realised that my purpose in joining was actually a breach of those terms.

 “I affirm that all the information about or related to [name deleted] (other than that on the pages available to non-members and the marketing materials authorized for public use) is proprietary and confidential and I will not reveal said information to anyone else.”

I suppose that these Terms are available to non-members, since I had to agree to them before joining. So hopefully publishing that clause here will not bring about my account deletion before I get a chance to check out the site so that can decide if I can legally promote it in my country.

Please note this that was also in the Terms as published on the site:

“All readers of these pages are emphatically advised to obey all laws to the letter. ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES FEATURED HERE ARE VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LOCAL LAWS. Participants in any activity related to [name deleted], participate at their own risk. Participants agree to hold the [name deleted] owners, managers, and operators harmless in respect of any losses incurred as a result of participation in any activity related to [name deleted].”

It looks like the owners know that their system may be illegal in some countries and this is an attempt to wiggle out of any responsibility for people who unwittingly break the law in their own locality.

These are just a couple of excerpts from the Terms that may cause some hesitation to sign up, but I suppose the owners know that most people will NOT read the Terms, but just click the box that says they have read and understood them so they can start “earning” the money that is promised.

Do you read the Terms and Conditions before you tick the box?

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  • Andrews Blog said,

    The Fine print is fine for a reason..
    Microscopic words knowing many will look over such harsh language. Attorneys hard at work so their client is not responsible for anything..

    We should definitely look at the fine print especially if lots of your time and money are involved and if you don’t like something in the fine print send a message to the owner and let him know that you wont be joining because of it..