Norway deems iCloud agreement 'convoluted and unclear', breaks law

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Forbrukerrådet, the Norwegian Consumer Council (we're just going to call them that going forward) is accusing Apple of breaking Norwegian law with their iCloud terms and conditions. At issue is that the aforementioned terms and conditions reserve many legal rights for Apple, and practically none for the users. The Norwegian Consumer Council has lodged a complaint with the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman over the issue.

Finn Mystrad, head of the Consumer Council's digital services unit, said:

"Receiving notice when terms change should be a bare minimum requirement. The fact that this can be done without informing the users is unacceptable."

That Apple is able to change their terms and conditions for iCloud or any other service without notifying the user isn't terribly surprising for a company of Apple's size (and the size of their legal team). Other cloud services, like Dropbox and Google's Gmail have taken considerable flak for parts of their terms of service, and even for changing their terms of service in ways that actually improved and clarified consumer protections with layers of legalese.

But here's the question: does anybody actually read the terms and conditions before just tapping on to "agree"?

Source: Forbrukerrådet; Via: ZDNet

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Norway deems iCloud agreement 'convoluted and unclear', breaks law


If I downloaded it I'll simple tap the agree button. Done. Now let's get to work. :)

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Never read it, lord knows it would probably take weeks for me to read everything like this, though I probably should. Plus it would take a damn law degree to interpret it. Forbrukerrådet is probably right though; the language should probably be changed.

I generally assume that the "agreement" is that the software company has all the right to do whatever they want with anything they mine from ever action I take with their product, and that they are not liable for anything...period. It would be much simpler if they just stated, "Eventually, we are going to screw you", and then let you get on with using their product.

Fortunately kitchen tables, paperback books and lawn mowers don't require you to electronically sign all your rights away to use them. It is odd that only the software companies have such litigious, first interactions with customers. Imagine being forced to sign a EULA prior to eating a fast food burger, lifting your toilet seat, or turning on your car stereo.