Do you read the terms and conditions?
Do you read the terms and conditions?

Parents tricked into signing kids away for not reading T&C

IT'S a sign of the times - and now a fact: we do not read the fine print before agreeing to terms and conditions online.

And it could be dangerous.

Last week, several parents in England unwittingly agreed to give up their eldest child in return for the use of free wi-fi.

The agreement, though, was only part of a study to test whether people read online agreements.

Workers in London were asked to agree to terms and conditions as they logged on to use free wi-fi in a cafe in a busy financial district.

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The terms of access included a Herod Clause, under which the wi-fi was provided only if "the recipient agreed to assign their first born child to us for the duration of eternity".

In half an hour, six parents signed up.

"As this is an experiment, we will be returning the children to their parents," a spokesman for F-Secure, the technology security firm that ran the experiment, said.

The experiment aimed to highlight the "disregard for computer security by people" when they were using wi-fi in public places.



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