What’s a terms of service (TOS)?
A TOS is generally legally binding, although some companies (like websites) will offer them primarily as a disclaimer. Terms are typically enforced by refusing service in the event that a user somehow violates the set term – but they could also be enforced with a breach of contract lawsuit, or as a defense against a suit from a user. A TOS may include things like:
- liability provisions that can define the company’s legal liability for damages that users might incur
- arbitration options for user grievances
- definitions of keywords and phrases
- payment details
- opt-out policies
- accountability for online actions, behavior or conduct within the company’s sphere of influence (e.g. on a website – what you can’t do on that website)
A TOS is similar to a EULA for licensed software – the primary difference is that with a TOS, users are utilizing a service rather than a product.
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