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Bill would protect people who criticize companies online

Bill would protect people who criticize companies online
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I keep telling you to watch out what you say online. There are reasons - it can come back to haunt you.

But you still have the right to criticize - and at least one state is trying to make sure that's true.

Following a series of lawsuits filed by companies not too happy with online criticism, California is jumping to the defense of Internet users.

A recent bill making it illegal for retailers to require customers to waive their rights to express public dissatisfaction in online reviews and on other platforms—often through the use of so-called clickwrap licensing agreements—passed the state assembly last Thursday.

"Clickwrap licensing agreements" are the legal loopholes that some sites sneak onto their pages. They say that if you click into the page, you lose all rights to criticize the company. General Mills was caught doing just that.

By the way, you should always check the terms of service of any site of product you're using. Here's a site that will help you wade through all the legalese.

Let's hope that California's move is the beginning of a movement to protect your right to give a bad review.

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Source: ArsTechnica
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