“Blah, blah, blah, don’t sue us. Blah, blah, blah, we won’t sue you.”
Boil down the thousands of words of legalese in the typical “terms & conditions” statement and that’s what they’re trying to say.
Unfortunately, most of them say it in ways most people — even lawyers themselves — cannot understand and likely don’t even read before checking a box or downloading software binding them to those terms forever.
You won’t find that here, because the whole point of Bid/r is to publish clear, simple language to help readers understand what’s really going on in the “T&Cs” that govern your consumer marketplace.
Bid/r was founded by journalists whose mission is to clarify an increasingly murky consumer marketplace.
Our mission is to give you more power in a world where others increasingly gain power by taking yours. We call it the “marketplace of you.” And gigantic media, marketing and technology companies use the legal rhetoric of their T&Cs to take possession of your personal data and influence your behaviors all for one purpose: to make more money by controlling more of you.
Bid/r‘s mission is to turn that table and put the power of your consumer marketplace in the hands of its rightful owner: you.
We are doing that the old-fashioned way: By publishing information so you can, in effect, create your own terms and conditions for how others — advertisers, media and technology companies — do business with you.
We know some readers may not care about the “hows and whys” of that. That’s why we created B/log. It’s for people who really want to geek out on this mission, dive into the weeds, and maybe even influence its direction.
So what are the terms and conditions of reading Bid/r? Pretty simple:
Keep reading to “opt in.”
Stop reading to “opt out.”
Read something you don’t like or you think is inaccurate? Just tell us and we’ll set the record straight.
There will be other terms and disclosures governing other parts of Bid/r, including the audience exchange and the Bid/r app enabling it. Unlike journalism, there are thousands of words of legalese already governing those things and, for now, there’s not a whole lot we can do about that. But we will always strive to communicate it in the simplest, clearest and plain language possible.
When we fail, please let us know and we’ll make every effort possible to clear it up.