Jay Evensen: When you click 'agree,' you probably don't know what that means

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 26, 2019 12:20 p.m.

    When using computers in general, I wish there were more options. 'Your computer has experienced an unexpected error and needs to shut down'. You must click OK, your only option. Except it's not OK. I wish there was a button you could click on that said 'crash the computer after sending microsoft a firey email about their trash software'.
    As for EULA contract wording, you're given no choice but to accept, or not use the software. The choice is an illusion. Of course that means we get abused or our rights get violated.
    We could fix that situation, of course. Government regulators could protect us with legislation and enforcement concerning our privacy and rights and how EULA's are written and who they must protect. However, we can't do that. Tech firms beat consumers when it comes to paying off lawmakers. Plus, we hate government. We'll side with the business every time when they whine about burdensome regulation. We do not act in our own best interest. So click on 'I agree'. It's your only option.

  • KanataHal CA, 00
    May 24, 2019 8:52 p.m.

    I am bothered by contracts that say something like, "Your only option, should you disagree with any part of the Software Agreement, is to uninstall the software." Or even worse, "Use of this software indicates your acceptance of all parts of the Software Agreement." These draconian contracts are taking away inalienable rights.

    Imaging if some company sneaked in a line like, "By using this software you agree to forfeit your right to bear arms, your right to free speech, and your right to vote." Since nobody ever reads them it would probably go undetected for years! The vigilance on this should be much higher.

  • RedShirtUofU Andoria, UT
    May 24, 2019 10:38 a.m.

    TO "SLC Grandma" you can also use Chrome's Incognito mode that deletes all of the cookies after each session.

  • SLC Grandma Salt Lake City, UT
    May 23, 2019 4:52 p.m.

    If you use DuckDuckGo, for instance, instead of Google for your search, you won't be inundated with ads for similar products as that search engine doesn't track you like Google does.

  • Elsleuth Valencia, Ca
    May 23, 2019 12:41 p.m.

    In the 60s I read George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Since that time it has been interesting watching our government and big business gathering information on US citizens. I have a couple of siblings who don't post anything on the internet for that very reason. On the other hand I have a blog with almost a half million views.

    When I search for anything on eBay within a few minutes see ads for the item on other websites. In some ways it is scary. Most grocery stores want your phone number so they can track your purchases. The government (through the NSA) knows a lot about our habits and stores know what we buy and don't buy. In other ways it is wonderful being able to contact people all across the world who you otherwise would never be able to talk to. I don't think most Americans care about these issues. We have come a long way since the Watergate break ins, some good and many concerning.