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Internet has been quite a big part of our life. Almost everything in this world can be done through the internet – work, study, money transfer, worldwide communication, friends making, file download (songs or movies), searching information, or even religious things.

Nowadays, people can’t get rid of this technology to do their daily stuffs as there are uncountable number of websites that can facilitate them. Everyday, or maybe every hours or even every second, there are internet users who sign up in websites they need for their own purposes.

In each of these websites, I am sure you must have noticed they have their own Terms of Services (TOS) for you to agree with before you can finally succeed to register an account. Nevertheless, how many people do you think really read carefully every point in the TOS before they tick the “I agree” box?

Furthermore, for those who do not read, do you think they know how far the consequences can be when they violate any point in the TOS? Ticking the “I agree” box can be very simple and sound nothing but, what do you think will be done when the violation comes to happen?

The consequences can be big or small, depending on how bad the effect is. For example, I am sure most of you have heard about the case of MySpace TOS violation, which led to the suicide of nearly 14 years old innocent teen in 2006. This has been one of the most famous cyber crime cases, done by Lori Drew (who was 47 at that time) to Megan Meier (who was nearly 14 at that time).

It happened that Lori used a fake MySpace ID to bully Megan, depressing her psychologically. Lori firstly started to flatter Megan to attract her by sending her messages as Josh Evans, a cute boy in MySpace. Then, after few weeks, this “Josh Evans” turned into an evil guy who kept sending Megan nasty messages, hurt her psychologically, which then led to her suicide. You can see the details here.

This is violating one of MySpace Terms of Service, which clearly stated that people must be “truthful and accurate”. This case then led to lawful action as it is against the federal law of the United States too, about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

The point of this example is that violating the TOS of any websites can be very devastating. Terms of Service are created by websites to ensure that everything in the service goes in the right way and the users do not abuse the service for their own purposes. It is not aimed to put difficulties on the users. Instead, it is created to make sure that the service is used properly for everyone’s own good.

Unfortunately, the main issue is that violating TOS sounds common and usual for users as most of them never really care to read it thoroughly. People think that reading the TOS fully is just a waste of time and effort. And this is how all simple to huge violations take place and go wrong.

Internet users actually should read everything written in the Terms of Service so that they know how they must use the service properly. Most Terms of Service are based on the US federal law (if the service is in the US). They are made because they are important and people who use the website’s service must know what to do and what not to do when they register to prevent any unexpected circumstances.

If internet users care for this and are eager to spend little of their valuable time to read, there will be no violation against the Terms of Service, or at least the number is not as much as it is. Furthermore, there will be no or less violation to the federal law too regarding cyber crime. Even further, there will be also no or at least less federal crime done by internet users. So, it’s now the time for us to be more aware…