"After reading an article[fr] (English language version) presenting a new Google initiative to map deforestation, I encountered a surprise when globalforestwatch.org 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?"
Why did they do this in the first place? Other sites just have a thing in the footer saying that if you continue to use the website, then you're agreeing to their terms. Is that not actually defensible in court?
Other sites just have a thing in the footer saying that if you continue to use the website, then you're agreeing to their terms. Is that not actually defensible in court?
Unless it can be shows that the user has viewed and explicitly agreed to the terms, it is completely non-defensible: