The problem

Nobody reads online Terms and Conditions.

Agreements online are usually called "Terms of Service", "Terms of Use", "Privacy Policy", "Terms and Conditions", "End User License Agreement" or something similar.

But we have to accept them, and they do apply.

Why is this a problem?

"I have read and agree to the terms and conditions" is the "biggest lie on the Internet" according to countless tweets and blog posts.

If you do not think that lying is problematic, how about the following consequences:

click to expandUsers get exploited
Most agreements have been formulated only by providers, and therefore not protecting the interest of users. Even if terms are fair, some users will regret having signed the agreement because they were expecting something else.
click to expandUsers get excluded
Some users who do not want to accept an agreement they cannot understand or do not have the time to read will stay away from great services, thus reducing market size and contributing to the digital divide
click to expandLimiting value
Some users, not knowing the terms, will be restrictive in their use, and only get limited benefit from the services. How fun would a social network be if you didn't trust it with some personal data?
click to expandWasting time
Some users spend a lot of time actually reading the agreements, and service providers spend time writing for almost nobody.
click to expandLessening competition
Websites and other online services should be able to compete with great terms and agreements, but today that's hard because nobody has a clue what they agree to
click to expandEroding respect for contracts
Some users may become less respectful of agreements in general, having ignored so many of them

CommonTerms wants to contribute to a solution!