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posted by mattie_p on Saturday February 22 2014, @12:32PM   Printer-friendly
from the print-that-out-please-want-it-on-paper dept.

bob_super writes:

"After reading an article[fr] (English language version) presenting a new Google initiative to map deforestation, I encountered a surprise when opened with a Terms Of Service page! Not a small two-line 'we're in beta' terms of service page, a full multi-page lawyer-dream EULA. And when clicked on agree, I got a pop-up asking me to agree again!

Since we all know that all information has to be proven 100% correct and safe before being published on the web, have you noticed EULAs in other no-login sites? Why are Google's lawyers getting in the way when it's about important scientific data?"

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by EQ on Saturday February 22 2014, @01:43PM

    by EQ (1716) on Saturday February 22 2014, @01:43PM (#4819)

    The wording of the EULA appears to be legalistic word salad aimed at adhering to some obscure US export control regulation. Given the tendencies of this administration to silence people and organizations by threat of, or actual, surveillance, "investigation" and prosecution, I can see why a lawyer for these people might want that up there. This is especially important if such prosecution/silencing is a benefit to the power structure or cronies -- think about the powerful congressmen, or lobbyists from corporations who might want information suppressed or people intimidated. In the end, it's just a speed bump for the central powers, but for us outside those circles; it's yet another burden we end up bearing for the benefit of big centralized powerful government -- and the cronies and elites who drive it and profit from it at our expense.

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