Let me start with a confession: I usually lie when asked if I've "read and agreed to the terms and conditions" when using a new site. I usually don't read them, but say that I do because the alternative is to be denied access to the service.

Web services and software developers no doubt know that most people don't read these things, but add the requirement as an ass-covering move so they can later demonstrate in court that you legally claimed to have read whatever mumbo-jumbo they put into their terms and conditions.

Two questions:

1. Do you say you've read terms and conditions when in fact you have not?

2. Does the fact that few people read them provide an incentive for companies to pack every advantageous restriction and claim they can think of into their terms and conditions because, essentially, they're going to get a lot of people to legally agree to whatever they say?
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