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About Us

“Terms of Service; Didn't Read” (short: ToS;DR) is a young project started in June 2012 to help fix the “biggest lie on the web”: almost no one really reads the terms of service we agree to all the time.

Background. The rough idea behind ToS;DR emerged during the 2011 Chaos Communication Camp near Berlin, with people from Unhosted a movement to create web apps that give users control over their valuable user data and privacy. In the summer of 2012, Hugo Roy (@hugoroyd) started the legal analysis and brought the project to life. Since then, more people have joined the team and have contributed through the reviewer community. Ultimately, all the work is transparent and the discussions happen in public. Our work is funded by non-profits organisations and individual donations and gets released as free software and open data.

Please bear in mind that the project is still in the early phase and that most data is subject to important changes. More information about our classification.

What does “ToS;DR” mean? the name is inspired by internet acronym TL;DR which stands for "Too Long; Didn't Read" and is often used on blogs and emails when a block of text is just really long and that people are too lazy to read the whole stuff. It was intended more as a code name than as a real name. But it seems that people like it (do you?)

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Michiel de Jong

Code Communist

Michiel de Jong is an independent freedom hacker, travelling the world while programming for the revolution from his laptop. Apart from ToS;DR he is also involved in The Unhosted Unconference and he is a co-author of the remoteStorage protocol.

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Jan-Christoph Borchardt

Design Dictator

Jan-Christoph Borchardt is a free culture interaction designer, advisor & educator. He curates open source web projects, designs unhosted web apps & ownCloud and teaches better usability.

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Hugo Roy

Legal Liberator

Hugo is an attorney at the Paris bar, and a volunteer at the Free Software Foundation Europe. He currently lives in Paris, where he is often referred to as a Zappa Freak.

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Ian McGowan

Ian received his MA in Forensic Linguistics, the study of language within a legal context, from Cardiff University, investigating consumer motivation behind reading, or not reading, online Terms & Conditions. He is currently living and teaching English in Seville, Spain in addition to contributing to ToS;DR.

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Jimm Stout

Jimm is traveling and working from "offices" around the world. Most of his time is going to developing a new version of ToSBack, but he also likes to act like a photographer

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Suzanne Azmayesh

Analysis Anarchist

Suzanne does not know what she wants to do with her life, so until then she reads terms of service. (Oh, and she has a law degree.)

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Madeline O'Leary

Developer

When not developing the Edit Tool for ToS;DR, Madeline O'Leary is a software developer for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. She also spends considerable time making weird music.

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Vincent Tunru

Developer

Vincent is a front-end engineer from the Netherlands focused on civil rights. If he has the time and energy, he occasionally does some coding work for ToS;DR.

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Christopher Talib

Working for a better Internet everyday.

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Evan Mullen

Privacy Philanthropist

Evan is dedicated to making the world a better place by giving consumers more information about what they agree to in the fine print. He currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.

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Justin René Back

Software Developer

Software Developer and CEO of a privacy focused company. He also has a cat!

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Guennadi Maximov Cortés

Self Taught

19 year-old Guennadi (AKA "Dr.Jeff") has yet a lot to learn, but is determined to help in any way he can. He currently resides in Mexico, and is barely starting his career on Philosophy, expecting to someday focus his research on Privacy. Also learning to code.

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Dmitri Pedersen

Privacy Philanthropist

Dmitri is dedicated to making the world a better place and giving people advise and helping people. He currently resides in Washington.

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Inés Rubio

Inés Rubio (alias Agnes de Lion) is a teenage girl committed to informing people about their rights online. Strangely enough, she enjoys spending time reading long and tortuous terms of service. She currently resides in France.