I believe many people don’t have enough patience to read the lengthy terms of service, and once you click on the “Read and Agree” button, they can fall into the pitfalls offered by the merchant. Now DoNotPay’s robot lawyers want legal aid for you. The company now offers subscription-based services that will read all license contracts faced by users and alert you to vulnerabilities and other conditions that require attention.
The DoNotPay Lawyer Robot was first launched in 2015 by Joshua Browder, a Student at Stanford University, and on July 15, 2017, it opened up the platform to allow anyone to build a free lawyer robot on the platform. The DoNotPay lawyer robot, originally built by Browder to help consumers resolve parking disputes, has gained widespread attention for successfully appealing 160,000 unreasonable billing acts in its first year on the line, and has so far accumulated 375,000 successful appeals.
DoNotPay recently announced a new subscription service called “Do Not Sign”. At a cost of $3 a month, the tool can help you analyze the license agreement to find suspicious terms and legal vulnerabilities. For many people, scroll directly to the bottom of the protocol and click the “Agree” button. It is unwise not to read any legal documents before signing, but usually they are very lengthy, sometimes more than 20 pages long, and I’m sure not many people will be patient to read them.
Users can upload or scan documents, even paste URLs into the application, and AI will take over from there. Once reviewed, users will be provided with an easy-to-read interface that shows them any warnings or vulnerabilities they find. It will also focus on the option of opting out of certain provisions – data collection is an example.
In addition, Do Not Sign alerts users to the protocol that user rights may be affected. Joshua Browder, chief executive of DoNotPay, said he came up with the idea when he wanted to cancel his gym membership.
In an interview with The Verge, Browder said: “I joined the gym membership of the US company Planet Fitness, and when I signed the agreement, I didn’t realize that the membership was basically unwanted. I think it just shows that even people like me can’t read fine prints. I don’t think ordinary people know what ‘consent’ means behind it. “
The service will be available in the U.S. from November 20 and can be accessed through the DoNotPay iPhone app or website. Mr. Browder said he plans to bring the service to the UK by the end of December.