Some online, mobile and tech terms and conditions agreements are longer than plays by Shakespeare – with PayPal’s T&Cs having a longer word count than Hamlet.
In a report from consumer association Which? Customer T&Cs were added up and compared to Shakespeare’s most famous plays. The terms and conditions you have to sign to use Apple’s iTunes is longer than Macbeth – which itself sounds like an Apple product.
The word count of PayPal’s T&Cs is a whopping 36,275, compared to Shakespeare’s Hamlet at 30,066 words.
Which? tots up all of Google’s T&Cs (search, YouTube, Picasa, Chrome, Android, Google Wallet and Google Books) at 10,640 words – which it claims is the length of the average undergraduate dissertation.
Social network Twitter, which restricts users’ tweets to a mere 140 characters, has T%Cs that add up to 4,445 words – about half the length of Roald Dahl’s The Twits, says Which?.
We await with dread the Terms and Conditions that outweigh Tolstoy’s War And Peace at 587,287 words…