Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Business

Norwegians try to figure out how long it would it take to read phone app terms

Consumer rights advocates frequently urge smartphone users to check the terms and conditions of the apps they download.

But let's be honest: Who actually reads them?

A few Norwegians wanted to make a point and decided to publicly read aloud the terms of 33 apps in a live-streamed event hosted on their website. On average, Norwegians have 33 apps installed. But reading the terms of all of them took the activists more than 31 hours.

The campaign was organized by Norway's Consumer Council, which explained that it would have been easier and faster to read the New Testament.

Although some of the apps were specific to the Norwegian market (such as newspaper applications), apps popular in the United States, such as Netflix, Skype, Facebook or YouTube, were also included. Soundcloud and iTunes in particular stood out with their extraordinarily long terms and conditions.

Printed out, the terms added up to hundreds of pages.

"The average consumer could easily find themselves having to read more than 250,000 words of app terms and conditions," the council explained on its website. "For most people this is an impossible task, and consumers are effectively giving mobile apps free rein to do almost whatever they want."

"The current state of terms and conditions for digital services is bordering on the absurd. Their scope, length and complexity mean it is virtually impossible to make good and informed decisions," the council's digital policy director, Finn Myrstad, was quoted as saying.

After the 30-plus-hour live stream, the Norwegian consumer rights body urged app service providers to "cut back on the obvious" and to "write so that people understand."

Comments
FDLE agents raid office of St. Petersburg attorney Mark Stopa

FDLE agents raid office of St. Petersburg attorney Mark Stopa

ST. PETERSBURG — Agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement raided the St. Petersburg offices of suspended foreclosure defense attorney Mark Stopa Tuesday morning.Acting in conjunction with the Office of Statewide Prosecution, which prosecut...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tariffs put a dent in Tampa steel shipments

Tariffs put a dent in Tampa steel shipments

TAMPA — Tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on steel and aluminum are putting a dent in local steel shipments, Port Tampa Bay officials said Tuesday.The tonnage of steel going through the port — most of it comes in — dropped more than 8 perce...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Mayor Rick Kriseman didn’t tell commissioners that ferry riders will have parking issues

Mayor Rick Kriseman didn’t tell commissioners that ferry riders will have parking issues

CLEARWATER –– When Mayor Rick Kriseman asked Pinellas County commissioners last month for $150,000 to pay for the CrossBay Ferry, he didn’t disclose potential parking challenges.Unlike in 2016 when the service was introduced, the ferry will dock near...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Animal crackers repackaged, cages removed after PETA pressure

Animal crackers repackaged, cages removed after PETA pressure

After more than a century behind bars, the beasts on boxes of animal crackers are roaming free.Mondelez International, the parent company of Nabisco, has redesigned the packaging of its Barnum’s Animals crackers in response to pressure from People fo...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Autistic visitors can proceed with lawsuits against Disney

Autistic visitors can proceed with lawsuits against Disney

ORLANDO — Visitors with severe autism can move ahead with their lawsuits claiming Disney’s U.S. parks didn’t do enough to accommodate their need for scheduled routines and no waits on its rides, according to a federal appeals court. The 11th U.S. Cir...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Tampa company that bought Habitat for Humanity mortgages says it won’t sell them back

Tampa company that bought Habitat for Humanity mortgages says it won’t sell them back

TAMPA — A Tampa company with a history of flipping houses says it plans to keep 12 mortgages it bought from Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County despite the nonprofit’s desire to buy them back. Southeast Property Acquisitions "rightfully owns ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
These restaurants are slated for the outdoor dining space at Sparkman Wharf

These restaurants are slated for the outdoor dining space at Sparkman Wharf

TAMPA -- The lineup is set for the outdoor dining space at Sparkman Wharf, where developers have assembled a Who’s Who of inventive Tampa chefs for what will be an open-air food hall on the waterfront. The last to be announced is the chef who ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
In Pinellas, three cases of the measles revive concerns about those who don’t vaccinate

In Pinellas, three cases of the measles revive concerns about those who don’t vaccinate

Pinellas County hadn’t seen a case of measles in 20 years. Then suddenly last week it had three, all from unvaccinated people. While some local physicians were not surprised that the highly contagious virus made its way back into Tampa Bay, mo...
Published: 08/21/18
Largo looks for ways to cut use of plastics, without a ban

Largo looks for ways to cut use of plastics, without a ban

LARGO — Commissioners made a pledge recently to transition city operations to 100 percent clean energy by 2035, but Jamie Robinson had something a little more immediate in mind.So, the commissioner asked his peers on the dais if they thought the time...
Published: 08/21/18

Pasco Business Digest for Aug. 24

Business DigestBrieflyGREENPAL EXPANDS INTO WESLEY CHAPEL: GreenPal, a service that helps homeowners find a local lawn care professional, announced recently that it is extending its service to residents of Wesley Chapel. Using GreenPal, homeowners li...
Updated: 9 hours ago