“Terms of Service; Didn't Read," or ToS;DR for short, was created in June 2012 to help reverse the biggest lie on the web: "I have read and agree to the terms of service."
The name ToS;DR is inspired by the internet acronym TL;DR, which stands for "Too Long; Didn't Read" and is often used on blogs and emails when a block of text is too lengthy or verbose. The idea behind ToS;DR emerged during the 2011 Chaos Communication Camp near Berlin with people from Unhosted, which is a movement to create web applications that allow users more control over their data and privacy. In the summer of 2012, Hugo Roy (@hugoroyd) started the legal analysis required for ToS;DR and brought the project to life. Since then, more people have joined the team and have contributed through ToS;DR's vibrant reviewer community. ToS;DR aims to promote transparency, as the discussions around the terms of service for various web applications occur in public and are subject to debate and review by everyone. Our work is funded by non-profit organizations and individual donations. If you would like to donate, feel free to do so via Flattr. ToS;DR's data and software is also open to the public.
Please bear in mind that Phoenix is still in its early phase, and that most data is subject to important changes. For information about how we classify the various terms of service, please read the following explainer below.