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Today, a group of 11 companies and organizations sent a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee, supporting a bill that will prevent form contracts from restricting consumers' rights to speak freely online.
The following can be attributed to Sherwin Siy, VP of Legal Affairs for Public Knowledge:
"In a number of cases, companies have hidden terms in form contracts that prevent and penalize consumers who later criticize the company. Terms like this not only prevent other consumers from getting a fair view of the business later, they also restrict consumers' free speech.
"We're glad that the bill addresses this particular instance of anti-consumer provisions in form contracts, and we hope that it will incorporate strong measures to give it teeth."
A copy of the letter can be found here.