Wednesday 26 September 2018

Did you really think Facebook was your friend?

People are so averse to paying for things, or reading the terms and conditions, that they will trade their first-born for free WiFI, says Brendan O'Connor

DETAILS: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has pleaded for more regulation. Photo credit should rea: Chris Ratcliffe/PA Wir
DETAILS: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has pleaded for more regulation. Photo credit should rea: Chris Ratcliffe/PA Wir

We used to pay the guts of 20 old punts for a CD. A CD was a shiny disk that contained an album's worth of music. Indeed, I once had a hit record with an ecclesiastical hip-hop song, and for a CD containing one song and one remix of the same song, the retail price was five old punts, or over €6. And people paid for it. Indeed, I might modestly mention that it was one of the biggest-selling records of that year in Ireland. And you know what else? Nobody complained that it was bad value.

But that was obviously before everything became "free".

People won't pay a fiver for a CD single anymore, but they will give away their first-born child to get free WiFi. A security researcher in the UK set up a free WiFi spot in Westminster recently. To access the free WiFi people had to agree to terms and conditions, including giving away their first-born child. One-hundred per cent of the people who logged in agreed to give away their first born in order to get the free WiFi. In fairness, that was because 100pc of the people who logged in didn't read the terms and conditions to which they agreed.

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