Google Has an Age Requirement

Apparently, the Google Terms of Service includes an age requirement.

  • Section 1 — The Terms of Service document is used with all Google’s “services and web sites (referred to collectively as the ‘Services’) . . . “
  • Section 2.1/2.2 — You must agree to these Terms in order to use the Services. You can accept the terms in two ways:
    1. clicking to accept the terms, if given the option before use of a Service;
    2. using the Services.
  • Section 2.3 — “You may not use the Services and may not accept the Terms if (a) you are not of legal age to form a binding contract with Google, or (b) you are a person barred from receiving the Services under the laws of the United States or other countries including the country in which you are resident or from which you use the Services.”

The legal age to form a contract in Texas is, I believe, 18.  So does this mean no one under 18 should use any of their services?  Blogger, GMail, their search engine?

According to CNET, they asked Google to clarify and Google sticks by the Terms as stated.  So, should we stop using Google as a tool in the K-12 schools?  Public library childrens and young adult programs?


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