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Today I went into the Safeway near Kouryou-chan's spring break daycamp. I needed to grab something for breakfast, and thought I'd use their wifi while I waited for the next bus. I accessed the network and brought up my browser to log on. They had a terms of service which I'd never read, having never used Safeway's wifi before, so I decided to do a quick perusal. After doing so, I chose not to use Safeway's wifi, nor will I again until certain things are changed.

Under "CONSENT TO MONITORING":

SAFEWAY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO, AND YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND CONSENT THAT SAFEWAY MAY (BUT IS IN NO WAY REQUIRED TO) (1) MONITOR YOUR COMMUNICATIONS AND ACTIVITIES VIA THE SERVICE (INCLUDING THE CONTENT AND NUMBER OF YOUR COMMUNICATIONS AND ACTIVITIES) AT ANY AND ALL TIMES WHILE YOU ARE ACCESSING OR USING THE SERVICE, AND (2) DISCLOSE ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM SUCH MONITORING FOR PURPOSES OF ENSURING YOUR COMPLIANCE WITH THIS AGREEMENT, APPLICABLE LAW, COOPERATING WITH LEGAL AUTHORITIES, AND OTHERWISE PROTECTING SAFEWAY'S RIGHTS, PROPERTY AND INTERESTS."

Uh, no, there is no way I'm going to consent to you, Safeway, monitoring the content of my email. And there is no way that I'm going to allow you to disclose this content, or any monitoring you do, to whomever you please, at your whim (which this basically says). My suggestion, Safeway, is that you drop the whole wifi thing until you talk to the big boys in the industry about what a proper terms of service looks like.

Until then, I'll just go back to Starbucks...I hear that their wifi will be free for the first two hours starting around April 20th. Let's see if they can do better.

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