How Long Does Reading the Terms of Your Phone Apps Take?

by Jeff Sovern

From a BBC News report:

The average Norwegian has 33 apps, the Norwegian Consumer Council says, whose terms and conditions together run longer than the New Testament.

To prove the "absurd" length, the council got Norwegians to read each of them out in real time on their website.

The reading finished on Wednesday, clocking in at 31:49:11.

Some of the world's most popular apps were chosen, including Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Skype, Instagram and Angry Birds.

(HT: Nancy Kim of ContractsProf Blog). It's hard to reconcile this with the fiction courts engage in–that consumers read contracts–to justify binding consumers by them.

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