According to Jennifer King, a doctoral candidate in the field of human-computer interaction at the University of California, Berkeley, companies cannot achieve meaningful disclosure about the terms and conditions of a promotional offer or health and safety cautions of a product simply by including that language in their terms of service or usage agreement.
"People don't read them," said King. "Fundamentally, if there's anything someone needs to see -- they absolutely need to see that information before they make a decision -- it needs to be called out and it needs to be somewhere in their task flow versus burying it in a document where most people are trained to simply acknowledge that 'I accept' and not read them."
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