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  • 1. Net303:  Policy  Primer  Presenta3on   MATCH.COM-­‐TERMS  OF  SERVICE  (TOS)   By  Jannicke  Rye  
  • 2. Are  you  lonely?  Sick  of  being  single?  Spending  your  nights  ea8ng  ice  cream,  discussing  the  latest  episode  of  The  Bachelor  with  your  cat?     (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)  
  • 3. Well…  Maybe  it  is  8me  to  meet  someone,    go  on  a  date,  and  hopefully  fall  in  love.  Don’t  know  where  to  start?    Have  no  fear  -­‐  Match.com  is  here!     (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)  
  • 4. Match.com  was  launched  in  April  1995,    and  now  services  24  countries  and  territories  and  hosts  web  sites  in  15  different  languages  (About  Us,  2012)   (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)  
  • 5. According  to  their  website  they    “create  roman8c  opportuni8es  so    singles  are  more  likely    to  find  someone  special”    (About  Us,  2012)     (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)  
  • 6. And  their  mission  is  simple:    “To  help  singles  find  the  kind  of  rela8onships  they’re  looking  for”.  (About  Us,  2012)   (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)  
  • 7. So  that  doesn’t  seem  too  bad.    As  stated,  you  have  nothing  to  fear!  Or  do  you?  According  to  Richard  GoeVke  and  Joseph  Chris8ana  “users  are  generally  unaware  and/or  unconcerned  with  protec8ng  their  privacy  on  social  networking  sites”  (2007,  p.9).  So  before  you  sign  up,  let  us  have  a  look  at  their  Terms  of  Service.    
  • 8. It  starts  fairly  reasonable;  “you  must  be  at  least    eighteen  (18)  years  of  age  and  single  or  separated  from  your  spouse  to  register  as  a  member  of  Match.com  or  use  the  Website”  (Match.com  Terms  of  Use  Agreement,  2011)   (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)  
  • 9. You  may  become  a  member  of  the  service  at  no  cost.  As  a  member,  you  will  have  the  ability  to  par8cipate  in  some,  but  not  all,    of  the  features  and  services  available  within  the  service.  (Match.com  Terms  of  Use  Agreement,  2011)                                      (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)  
  • 10. That  means  that  in  order  to  access  addi8onal  features,  services  and  to  communicate  with  other  members,  you  have  to  pay.     (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)  
  • 11. Match.com  is  not  required  to  provide  you  no8ce  prior  to  termina8ng  your  membership  and/or  subscrip8on.    (Match.com  Terms  of  Use  Agreement,  2011)    (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)  
  • 12. So  a`er  spending  a  lot  of  8me  and  money  building  up  a  network  online,  you  might  log  on  and  find  your  account  deleted...   (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)  
  • 13. You  are  solely  responsible  for  your  interac8ons  with  other  members.  You  understand  that  Match.com  currently  does  not  conduct  criminal  background  check  on  its  members.    (Match.com  Terms  of  Use  Agreement,  2011)                                    (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)  
  • 14. So  you  do  not  have  the  reassurance  that  the  people  you  talk  to  are  who  they  claim  to  be,  nor  if  you  are  chaang  with  a  sex  offender.                        (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)  
  • 15. With  that  in  mind,  you  might  not  be  to  thrilled  about  accep8ng  their  TOS  since  this  is  some  of  the  condi8ons  you  agree  to;   “In  no  event  shall  Match.com  be  liable  for  damages   whatsoever,  whether  direct,  indirect,  general,  special,   compensatory,  consequenBal,  and/or  incidental,  arising   out  of  or  relaBng  to  the  conduct  or  your  or  anyone  else  in   connecBon  with  the  use  of  the  service,  including  without   limitaBon,  bodily  injury,  emoBonal  distress,  and/or  any   other  damages  resulBng  from  communicaBons  or   meeBngs  with  other  registered  users  of  this  service  or   person  you  meet  through  this  service”     (Match.com  Terms  of  Use  Agreement,  2011)                    (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)  
  • 16. Also,  “Match.com  owns  and  retains  all  proprietary  rights  in  the  website  and  the  service”    (Match.com  Terms  of  Use  Agreement,  2011)    Except  for  that  informa8on  which  is  in  the  public  domain,  you  may  not  modify,  transmit,  copy,  distribute,  display  or  sell  any  such  informa8on.                          (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)    
  • 17. People  join  Match.com  for  the  social  aspect  of  it,  but  by  agreeing  to  their  TOS  you  are  preVy  much  le`  alone…  with  all  the  responsibility.  Because  you  are  “solely  responsible  for  your  interacBons  with  other  Match.com  members.  Match.com  reserves  the  right,  but  has  no  obligaBon,  to  monitor  disputes  between  you  and  other  members”  (Match.com  Terms  of  Use  Agreement,  2011).                            (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)    
  • 18. If  you  find  yourself  in  a  dangerous  or  uncomfortable  situa8on,  “Match.com  is  not  responsible  for  the  conduct,  whether  online  or  offline,  of  any  user  of  the  website  or  member  of  the  service”  (Match.com  Terms  of  Use  Agreement,  2011).                          (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)    
  • 19. That  might  be  important  for  you  to  remember,  especially  since…    
  • 20. …  you,  by  using  the  website/service  in  any  manner,  “agree  to  the  arbitra8on  agreement.  In  doing  so,  you  give  up  your  right  to  go  to  court  to  assert  or  defend  any  claims  between  you  and  Match.com  (except  for  maVers  that  may  be  taken  to  small-­‐claims  court).  You  also  give  up  your  right  to  par8cipate  in  a  class  ac8on  or  other  class  proceeding”  (Match.com  Terms  of  Use  Agreement,  2011).                (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)    
  • 21. So  before  you  choose  to  sign  up,  you  should  consider  if  you  are  comfortable  with  all  of  the   terms…or  find  love  somewhere  else.                        (Image  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database)    
  • 22. Reference  •  ‘About  Us’,  2012.  Retrieved  September  1st  2012,  from  hWp:// www.match.com.au/help/aboutus.aspx?lid=4  •  GoeWke,  R.,  &  Chris3ana,  J.  (2007).  Privacy  and  Online  Social  Networking   Websites.  Computer  Science  199r:  Special  Topics  in  Computer  Science   Computa5on  and  Society:  Privacy  and  Technology.   Retrieved  September  4th,  2012  hCp://www.eecs.harvard.edu/cs199r/fp/ RichJoe.pdf  •  ‘Match.com  Terms  of  Use  Agreement’,  2011.  Retrieved  September  2nd,   2012  from  hWp://www.match.com.au/registra3on/membagr.aspx?lid=4  •  All  images  sourced  from  Macintosh  HD:  Clip  Gallery  User  database,  2012.