[IAEP] Fwd: Re: Gmail & other Google TOS

Yamandu Ploskonka yamaplos at gmail.com
Wed Jul 20 23:58:11 EDT 2011

I read a horror story  couple days back, lemme see...


and the TOS:

I will save you the pain, point 2.3 a

It is unlikely they will agree, due to COPPA.

BTW, I loved the Google thing, I used it during that silly period of my
life when I was out to prove that people could use an XO even for actual
grownup professional work

Only thing I wish would be to filter the ads...  Did you know that in
the only serious study of bandwidth consumed by computers in school
setting, in Argentina, Google ads was the highest item?  over twice what
Wikipedia, etc.  So these countries are spending zillions to allow
Google to advertize...  Wish they would spend just a bit of that in
developing software...

On 07/20/2011 10:46 PM, Walter Bender wrote:
>  I was the author/maintainer of the Gmail activity. Easy enough to
>  breath new life into it. When I was still at OLPC back in 2007, I had
>  negotiated a deal such that our user base could not only use gmail,
>  but also use it for backup.
>  Is there a link to the TOS argeement you mention? Maybe worth
>  discussing with them.
>  -walter
>  On 7/20/11, Yamandu Ploskonka<yamaplos at gmail.com>   wrote:
>>  I am unsure if at any moment we have been encouraging kids to have a
>>  google account.  I do recall there was a very useful Gmail Activity,
>>  which eventually was not part of Sugar anymore.  I apologize if this has
>>  been dicussed earlier.
>>  Anyway, I just learned that Google appears to take as a serious breach
>>  of their TOS if an under-13 uses their services, to the point of
>>  deleting their data, etc.
>>  So far it is probably mostly a don't ask don't tell kind of thing, but
>>  there are some pathetic horror stories around, of kids that had their
>>  stuff locked.  I wonder if something similar happens with blogger and such?
>>  Should we warn our users?  When signing up for Google I do not recall
>>  having it ask my age, though I guess it was part of the TOS you're
>>  supposed to read and you agree to anyway... Maybe I did, but anyway,
>>  there you go.
>>  Yama
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