If you use online or device-based software, you almost certainly clicked “I AGREE” to the terms and conditions in order to purchase or use it. And if you’re like most people, you probably didn’t read all of the terms and conditions before you clicked. So if you didn’t read it, did you really agree to the terms and conditions? And what could they mean?
If you click “I AGREE” to software installation or use, you accept every one of those terms and conditions, whether you would normally agree to them or not. The terms and conditions are, in essence, a contract which each user agrees to honor, and clicking “I AGREE” is equivalent to your signature. Most terms and conditions are fairly innocuous, but there are some provisions that some of us would find objectionable. Online payment software, for example, often permits users’ demographic information to be shared, requires disputes to be arbitrated (not litigated) in far-flung locales, and even permits the company to report users’ income over a certain threshold that comes through the software to the IRS.
Reading through terms and conditions can be unpleasant. However, they do constitute a contract. It’s important to understand that by clicking “I AGREE,” you really do agree to be bound by contractual terms – whether you read them or not.