The law assumes consumers read the terms and conditions of their contracts, and in a dispute, they are held responsible for the written terms of any agreements.
Legally, consumers are expected to read any online contracts they enter into, but companies have no obligation to offer readable agreements. As research shows, most are incomprehensible.
If you have voice shopping activated on your voice assistant, anyone in your home could potentially purchase items in your name.
When an African grey parrot named Rocco made purchases via his owner's Amazon Alexa voice assistant, it raised questions about who was legally responsible for footing the bill.
Consumer law requires legal agreements to be transparent – so how does this apply to complicated terms and conditions we're expected to read?
Sinclair’s employment contracts are kind of like a toll road. You have to pay to leave.
A purported contract between Sinclair and an anchor demanded a huge penalty if the employee quit. While many asked if that's legal, a more interesting question is why more companies don't do the same thing.
South African commercial law courses do not address the question of what norms and procedures govern business relations in indigenous African communities.
Blockchain is an exciting technology, but for it to go mainstream governments must be able to regulate it.
Laws cannot keep pace with technological advances – but that may not be a bad thing.
Robotics and other farm technologies can provide a wealth of data to farmers and agribusiness.
The extension of laws on unfair contract terms to cover small businesses, may help farmers take more control of the data their farms generate.
Contract theory goes beyond analyzing deals on paper to other sorts of agreements.
Contracts have governed the workings of the economy since ancient times. Contract theory is about ensuring they have the right incentives.
The research found the more confident a participant was, the worse they understood the phone contracts they were given.
Consumers don't understand the contracts they are signing when they buy smartphones, new research shows.
The ACT government is the first jurisdiction in Australia to fully approve operations of the ride-sharing service Uber.
A case of an uber driver from Perth suing the company because his contract was terminated may show how protected drivers are under law.
The distributed nature of blockchain networks make them useful for many applications.
While Bitcoin gets all the attention, the blockchain technology it's based on could have applications across business and government.
Upon purchasing a product, many consumers will sign contracts that contain gag clauses in the fine print.
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Companies have increasingly been using hidden gag clauses, in which customers unwittingly sign away their rights to post online reviews after purchasing a product.
Contracts are everywhere, but do you read the fine print?
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A push to make contracts easier for consumers never went anywhere, so it's time the issue was revisited.