Agreements to use software should be a fair and equitable set of terms that protect the rights of both parties. Unfortunately, research has shown that very few users read the terms and the agreements can be less than favourable in terms of protecting the rights of the user (for examples, take a look at some of the Class E rated services on 'Terms of Service; Didn't Read').
The following post by Odin Law and Media provides simple definitions for End-User License Agreements (EULA), Terms of Service (ToS), and Service-Level Agreements (SLA):
For further reading on EULAs and ToS, the following resources go into more depth:
Click-through agreements are almost a daily occurrence when using the internet - these can be as simple as agreeing to a cookies policy or clicking 'I agree' when purchasing or installing software. TechTarget elaborates below:
Visual contracts update traditional legal documents to "replace complex clauses with plain language and visual design" - an excerpt from a case study covered by the Financial Times article below:
The following video provides a real world example where Aurecon have replaced their employment contracts with visual contracts.
Smart contracts are one of the many products of the blockchain (the backbone of digital currency Bitcoin and other types of cryptocurrency). The blockchain acts as a digital ledger on which irreversible contracts can be executed. More on Investopedia below:
According to law firm Bird & Bird, a data sharing agreement or DSA...
"...can be defined as an agreement between two or more legal entities (or individuals) concerning the sharing of data or information of any kind between these legal entities (or individuals)."
Lastly, concerning liability and legal responsibility, law firm Bird & Bird has the following to say:
"The term 'liability' is to be understood rather broadly, as meaning the responsibility of one party (or several parties) for harm or damage caused to another party, which may be a cause for compensation, functionally or otherwise, by the former to the latter. "
For further reading on liability and responsibility in the context of AI systems, see the chapter from 'An Introduction to Ethics in Robotics and AI' on this topic below:
Read on in Part 3 Privacy-Related Concepts: