Terms of service for the internet are often good for two things: inspiring wild outrage, or simply acting as a textual speed bump between us and the web. Now, it appears they’re also good for hiding secret messages.
Artist Florence Meunier scoured Apple’s terms and conditions for iCloud and found a story within the weeds. Titled “The Man who Agreed,” the pamphlet liberally applies CIA-style redaction to Apple’s original document, revealing the truth about how we often interact with these contracts. Meunier calls Apple’s EULA “perhaps one of the most overlooked and ambiguous agreements we make,” and says that “by clicking ‘I agree’ we accept rather odd conditions that we are not aware of because the very design of it is not intended to be read.”
“I decided to influence the user into reading the license,” Meunier writes. “The aim is to slightly guilt the user into reading, or simply amuse and therefore interest them.”
This is the story of a man,
who one day was too busy
or maybe too lazy
that he, too quickly,
clicked on I agree.
What the latter did not forsee,
is that he could never again disagree.
The lesson of this story is
that one shall not concede,
to something one does not read.
You can see more photos of the project at For Print Only.