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Websites that forbid you from pressing the refresh button

October 15, 2010 One Comment

You know how sometimes you want to see if a webpage has changed - and you hit the refresh button to see if it's been updated? Well that is NAUGHTY and you must stop. Here are some sites that forbid you from manually monitoring their pages for changes - which would seem to cover pressing refresh and looking.

No checking back

No checking back

  • The UK Met office: Want to see if they've updated the weather? Tough. The terms and conditions say: "You may not use any ... deep-link ... or manual process to monitor ... any Content from the Site."
  • Blipfoto is a daily photo journal. I wonder if a new photo has been posted? Don't look. The legal page says: "You are not permitted to use any ... manual process to monitor ... any part of our site or the material published on it."
  • Want to see if St Andrews University has updated its news page? Well don't. Its terms say: "You are not permitted to use any ... manual process to monitor ... the website or the content".
  • Want to see if J P Morgan has and new news or jobs? Well don't refresh the page. It's terms say: "You agree that you will not use any ... manual process to monitor ... our web pages, data or the content contained herein".

You can find similar clauses at the Body Shop, National Grid and Foot Locker.

Even better are sites that say you can't access them by any manual process. So, er, how do you look at the webpages then?

  • Sword Ciboodle: "The Website must not be accessed ... by any manual process."
  • Papers Direct: "The Website and/or the Content must not be accessed ... by any manual process."
  • Vladivar vodka: "The Site must not be accessed ... by any manual process."
  • Morning Advertiser: "The Site must not be accessed ... by any manual process"

Hat-tip: Lord Manley

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