This is a guide to the laws and rules about “terms of service” and “privacy policies” for websites, apps, and other online or software services. Be sure to see our full Guide to the Laws about the Internet & Social Media.
What is a “Terms of Service” or TOS?
Am I legally required to follow a Terms of Service?
Generally yes (although there are exceptions with any contract – see more at our Guide to Contracts). You (usually) “agree” to be bound by a Terms of Service simply by using the website, app, etc, or by clicking a button that confirms your agreement of the terms.
You should not just copy these from another website, as you may not know what it means and it may not apply to what you are trying to do.
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