People Agreed To Clean Toilets And Scoop Dog Poo For Free Wifi

Thousands of Wifi users accidentally sign up for 1000 hours of community service

Thousands inadvertently sign up for toilet duty after failing to read free WiFi terms

Better to just close your eyes and hope they don’t apply to you, right?

In the United Kingdom, 22,000 people signed up to carry out 1,000 hours of community service in exchange for free Wi-Fi. For two weeks, its own terms and conditions included a clause that allowed it to force users into completing a range of spoof community service actions.

More than 20,000 people might be obligated to spend the best part of three months cleaning toilets after failing to read the small print in the terms and conditions of the free WiFi service they signed up for.

‘Our experiment shows it’s all too easy to tick a box and consent to something unfair‘.

It’s no surprise that people will agree to anything to get free wifi.

It continued: “A “Community Service Clause” was added to our usual terms and stated: The user may be required, at Purple’s discretion, to carry out 1,000 hours of community service”.

‘And if they’re happy to hug a few stray dogs at the same time it’s a win-win’. Manually relieving sewer blockages. Those who drew the short straw might have to clean the porta-johns at a local festival or clear sewer blockages by hand.

But just one person came forward to claim it, leaving thousands accidentally signing up to a month’s worth of work including cleaning music festival toilets, hugging stray cats and dogs and even painting snail shells to “brighten up their existence”. Scraping chewing gum off the streets. All those anxious about having to manually relieve sewer blockages or painting snail shells can breathe a sigh of relief.

Purple is announcing today that it is the first global WiFi provider to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – nearly a year ahead of the EU’s deadline.

F-Secure also pointed out that “while terms and conditions are legally binding – it is contrary to public policy to sell children in return for free services, so the clause would not be enforceable in a court of law”.

Purple doesn’t actually plan to enforce the clause, of course.

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