The Legal Genealogist was privileged last night to participate in a discussion of the GEDmatch buyout by the forensic biotech firm Verogen.
Part of the Wacky Wednesday series by DearMYRTLE, the discussion is now archived and can be reviewed on YouTube.
And if there’s anything that came clear in that discussion, it’s that folks need to be reminded, one more time…
And we make a big mistake when we simply toss a checkmark into the box that appears for us to indicate we’ve read, understand and agree to those terms… when in fact we haven’t read them, don’t understand them, and wouldn’t necessarily agree to them at all.
But, we might be thinking, if it’s rules, how can it be considered a contract? Nobody gave us a choice about the rules when we subscribed to, say, GenealogyBank.com or Ancestry.com, did they?
It’s a little like our relationship with the TSA. We don’t have to go through security at the airport. Of course, that means we don’t fly, either.
Read. Understand. And check only if we agree.
Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “2019 alphabet soup: T is for …,” The Legal Genealogist (https://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog : posted 12 Dec 2019).
- Henry Campbell Black, A Dictionary of Law (St. Paul, Minn. : West, 1891), 1204, “use.” ↩
- Wikipedia (https://www.wikipedia.com), “terms of service,” rev. 1 Dec 2019. ↩