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May 26, 2007

Google forbids children to use it?!

Roger Browne is questioning a passage from Google's Terms of Service that reads:

"Your use of Google’s ... web sites ... is subject to the terms of a legal agreement between you and Google ... You may not use the Services and may not accept the Terms if ... you are not of legal age to form a binding contract with Google"

This is nothing new and it's standard wording in most web site's Terms of Service and EULAs because minors cannot enter into any contract or agreement. All my web sites' legal documents have to contain similar language and that's because my lawyers tell me that we have to.

It's kinda the elephant in the room that no web site owner or lawyer wants to discuss in public because the law hasn't caught up with the real world. The result is web sites have to state these ridiculous requirements that essentially mean children are violating the Conditions of Use or Terms of Service for practically every site, just by visiting them.

I don't have any answers but it's defiantly a problem that no one really wants to talk about. Ignoring this elephant isn't going to make the problem go away. I think the internet community, lawyers, and our law makers needs to start finding ways to address this problem without taking the easy way out and just saying kids legally can't use our web site.

I'm not a lawyer, so I'm not giving legal advice. If you should have any questions please consult a licensed attorney.
Posted in Google , Politics & Law by usrbingeek at 2007-05-26 12:10 ET (GMT-5) | 0 Comments | Permalink


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