Computer Programs Prove That EULAs Are Unreadable By Humans
from the suggests-there's-a-problem-somewhere dept
No one reads end user license agreements (EULAs). That was shown earlier this year when a company put a note in its EULA that it would pay $1,000 to the first person who asked for it and it took four months for anyone to claim the cash. EULAs are used to make people agree to all sorts of stuff they shouldn't. Many adware companies, for example, hide the details of what their programs do in the EULA -- and afterwards blame you for not properly reading the EULA if you complain about what their software does. There are still some questions about how enforceable EULAs really are -- as there's no ability for someone to negotiate and they're usually indecipherable even for those who do read them. Well, on that last point, it looks like (some) help is on the way. Apparently there's now a software program that will read your EULAs for you and point out the important points you should be aware of. Of course, you have to figure that the sneakier companies out there will just start using this software themselves to "test" their EULAs to make sure their really nasty stuff is still well hidden. Still, it certainly suggests that these documents are problematic if you need a special software program to decipher them for you.