Would you give up your firstborn for 'free' wifi?

People Sign Away First Born Child for Free WiFi
People Sign Away First Born Child for Free WiFi


A handful of Britons recently learned a very valuable lesson: read the fine print.

Like many online users who've encountered that "Terms & Conditions" page, a few Londoners joined a public Wi-Fi hotspot and carelessly clicked through, according to CBS News -- and it could have cost them.

By mindlessly accepting the terms and conditions, users missed the "Herod clause" promising free Wi-Fi but only if "the recipient agreed to assign their first born child to us for the duration of eternity," according to The Guardian.

Six people actually signed up.

The stunt, organized by the Cyber Security Research Institute, was intended to place a spotlight on some of the major risks associated with public Wi-Fi networks, according to TIME.

It sounds like a sick joke, but don't worry -- no firstborns were harmed in the pursuit of free Wi-Fi.

"As this is an experiment, we will be returning the children to their parents," Finnish security firm, F-Secure, which sponsored the research, said in its report. "While terms and conditions are legally binding, it is contrary to public policy to sell children in return for free services, so the clause would not be enforceable in a court of law."

Next time, make sure you really do agree before hitting "I Agree."

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