Crazy EULA just to view the American Homeland Security site

17 October 2008

Americans love their liberty, freedom and EULA's written by cretins. The latest example of over-the-top "binding" agreements is a Javascript dialogue box that appears when you visit the Department of Homeland Security's website for travel visas. There's only one option button if you want to keep going (I hit the escape key on my computer but no idea if that counted as confirm or escape).

The EULA kindly states:

This Department of Homeland Security (DHS) computer system and any related equipment is subject to monitoring for administrative oversight, law enforcement, criminal investigative purposes, inquiries into alleged wrongdoing or misuse, and to ensure proper performance of applicable security features and procedures. As part of this monitoring, DHS may acquire, access, retain, intercept, capture, retrieve, record, read, inspect, analyze, audit, copy and disclose any information processed, transmitted, received, communicated, and stored within the computer system. If monitoring reveals possible misuse or criminal activity, notice of such may be provided to appropriate supervisory personnel and law enforcement officials. DHS may conduct these activities in any manner without further notice. By clicking OK below or by using this system, you consent to the terms set forth in this notice.

I warn you - my head goes fuzzy when reading that so I only made it a sentence in. Only click to check this out if you don't mind waking up tomorrow and finding yourself shipped out to Iraq. Or even worse to Maryland.

Department of Homeland Security

If anyone has examples of some equally bizarre EULA's in the UK let us know and we'll put them up!

via boingboing

TOPICS:   Privacy


  • Sean
    Fortunately EULAs such as these rarely appear in the UK, and when they do will probably be struck out under the Unfair Contract Terms Act.
  • Paul Nikkel EDITOR
    Yeah they are not as common here unless the EULA on a product has been written by an American and shipped over wholesale.

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