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#1 miamigirl



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Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:11 PM

Is it permissible to check off that you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions even if you didn't, since they probably aren't really expecting you to anyways?

#2 Rabbi Shapiro

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 11:24 AM


However, if you check it before you perform whatever transaction the agreement depends on, then you have agreed to the terms (even if you did not read them) it also are agreeing to accept the responsibility that accompanies reading the terms even if you did not read them.

On the other hand, If first you buy something without agreeing to anything, then the product insists you check you agree to terms, in such a case your checking the box does not even mean you agree to anything. All agreements and conditions must be made at the time of the transaction (in this case, the purchase). If you buy something unconditionally, it is yours unconditionally. If the product afterwards insists you agree to something or else it will not perform for you, you can check whatever you want but it is not a Halachicly binding agreement. Imagine you buy a box of cereal from the store and you open it up and a note pops out that says if you do not agree to stand on your head you cannot eat the cereal. Such a demand is meaningless. The cereal is yours. You own it. Once you own the product, it is too late to tie any buyer-seller conditions to the sale.