Note: Because BWF is a Facebook app, you are also subject to Facebook’s policies, so keep that in mind.
Turns out, we’re only going to need a garden spade to shovel to the bottom of this document – it’s about as bare bones as it gets. I guess this one will just be a quickie.
The terms kick off with the most basic of licensing provisions: You are downloading a copy of the app, but it’s not really yours to do with what you please. Don’t modify it, or build your own app using the BWF code. And if you do, you automatically lose your right to use the app.
Also, strangely, if you do lose that right, the terms dictate that you “must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.” I’m not sure what kind of person is printing out BWF material – but whatever. Them’s the rules.
What you see is what you get
Like every other website, app, or online service, BWF comes “as is,” meaning you should have no expectation that it’s ever going to change or get better (though any successful endeavor usually does).
The more important part here is that BWF “does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.” So if it mistakenly informs you that one of your Facebook friends wants to “bang” when he or she has no such desire, well, that’s just too bad.
Shrinking the risk
BWF is not responsible – meaning it can’t be sued – for anything bad that happens as a result of using the app. (And really, I can imagine a million bad scenarios resulting from covertly requesting to “bang” the people on your friends list.) This is called limiting liability, and most terms include this provision. Some states don’t allow companies to limit liability, so if you think you might have a case against BWF, check with a lawyer to see if your state is one of them.
That said, these documents haven’t been updated since December of last year, so there probably won’t be many regular revisions.
BWF says that it “will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information”. What that really means is, it collects some of your Facebook data (name, age, email address, Facebook user ID, relationship status, and who your friends are) when you connect your Facebook profile to the BWF app – the only way you can use BWF. By connecting your Facebook account, you are giving BWF permission to collect this information about you.
Because the entire premise of BWF is sex, the app rightly limits the age of its users to those over 18 years old. If you are younger than that – Facebook users can be as young as 13 – you can’t use the app. Good.
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