It’s difficult enough to parse a lengthy TOS for one web-based service, let alone for dozens, or to keep track of when and how they update them. It would be nice if some public-service website out there would keep track of this stuff for all of us, wouldn’t it? Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) did just that with the launch of TOSBAck.org, “the terms-of-service tracker.” It tracks TOS agreements for 44 different services, including Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, Twitter, and eBay.
From the E-Commerce Times:
The site will compare old and new policies side by side and highlight changes. With about two dozen sites covered already, TOSBack.org plans to add more agreements, from credit card, bank, cable TV and other companies.
The site makes note of each instance when the TOS are updated, but you can also drill down to side-by-side comparisons of pre- and post-update versions to see what exactly has changed, as you can see in the example below. We think it’s definitely the kind of site you should add to your RSS reader, for instant notification when something changes at one of the sites you probably use daily.