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Apple's terms of use indemnify the company in case users start a nuclear war

Investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback joined Glenn Beck Tuesday morning to share the insight he gained when doing research for his 2013 film "Terms and Conditions May Apply." Cullen dove into the terms and conditions that riddle the Internet to investigate what users are agreeing to by clicking "Accept." Cullen is now on a speaking tour sharing the lessons he learned with people across the country with a special focus on students on college campus.

He explained why he considers internet service providers (ISPs) to have greater potential for violating consumers' privacy than individual websites or other web-based companies, pointing out that most users have only one or two options for internet access in their area. With no real competition users' only option would be to either forego the web completely or to allow ISPs to track and sell their data however they wish.

He also criticized the indiscriminate approach many companies take to digital terms of use.

"In fact actually a lot of these companies just copy and paste other people, other companies' terms and conditions," Cullen revealed. "They don't even want to have to read them."

Cullen then singled out some particularly egregious offenders, including LinkedIn and Apple. He pointed out that the latter company explicitly indemnifies itself in its terms of use in case its customers use Apple products to launch a nuclear war.

"What can I possibly buy on iTunes that could start a nuclear war?" Glenn joked.

"Well, the documentary 'WarGames,'" Stu Burguiere quipped, referring to the entirely fictional 1983 Cold War thriller.

To see more from Glenn, visit his channel on TheBlaze and watch "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" live weekdays 9 a.m.–noon ET or anytime on-demand at TheBlaze TV.

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