Sunday, June 14, 2009

EFF Launches Terms of Service Monitoring

Terms-Of-Service (TOS) are the foundation of a user's relationship with social networking sites, online communities, and other electronic businesses and organizations. However, most people only show interest in these terms when an issue arises. For example, in February 2009, Facebook was forced to rescind a change in its terms of service when a report that Facebook was asserting control of uploaded content sparked angry responses from users and consumer advocacy groups. Now Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched TOSBack, a service designed to assist users understand website TOS polices and monitor how these polices change over time. TOSBack currently reports changes to 58 "organizations" including Google, YouTube, and Twitter.

Hat tip to Law Librarian Blog