Apple iCloud And The Barely Legal Teen

A barely legal teen is reportedly totally unacceptable. However, barely legal teens (plural) is all fine and dandy. 

Are you concerned as to where this is going?

icloud-email

Well, you shouldn’t be. Or should you?

(don’t worry – no porn here)

Heres the story –

“Apple is deleting any trace of emails received (or sent) by iCloud users that contain the phrase ‘barely legal teen.’ and¬†Bizarrely, changing “teen” to “teens” is all it takes for a message to get through successfully.”
The Verge

So, a big company is protecting its customers from something that is, generally speaking, a bit dodgy shall we say (but still legal even if only barely). Thats good. But what if they change the nature of what they censor, be it quite deliberate or via a rather keen spam filter, in the future to something that many people wouldn’t find unacceptable?

Well, thats well and truly covered by their Terms of Service that all of you customers agreed to –

“Apple reserves the right at all times to determine whether Content is appropriate and in compliance with this Agreement, and may pre-screen, move, refuse, modify and/or remove Content at any time, without prior notice and in its sole discretion, if such Content is found to be in violation of this Agreement or is otherwise objectionable.”

Are you happy with that iCloud users?

photo: Ben Atkin

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