Jul 1, 2008

Saved by the license agreement

ICQ has a new version out. While forcing me to install it, I took the liberty of glancing at their License Agreement. Some interesting parts came out of it, such as:

Also please note that the ICQ service and software, as with most Internet applications, are vulnerable to various security issues and hence should be considered unsecured. By using the ICQ service and software and the Internet in general, you may be subject to various risks, including among others:

* Exposure to objectionable material and/or parties, including without limitation, contaminated files.
* Unauthorized invasion of your privacy during, or as a result of, your use or another's use of the system.
* Spoofing, eavesdropping, sniffing, spamming, breaking passwords, harassment, fraud, forgery, "imposturing", electronic trespassing, tampering, hacking, nuking, system contamination including without limitation use of viruses, worms and Trojan horses causing unauthorized, damaging or harmful access and/or retrieval of information and data on your computer and other forms of activity that may even be considered unlawful.
* Unauthorized exposure of information and material you listed or sent, on or through the ICQ system to other users, the general public or any other specific entities for which the information and material was not intended by you.

If you do not wish to be subjected to these risks, you are advised not to use the ICQ service and software.

At least they're honest about their product. :)

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