"Reuters offers a link in every story to email the article to someone. After you fill in the usual info, there is a line that says I confirm that I have the recipient's consent to provide their email address for this purpose, followed by Send and Cancel.
This is very strange for a couple of reasons.
You aren't actually agreeing to their terms, IMHO, because you are not clicking Agree. And there isn't any language that says by clicking Send you confirm that...., as you sometimes see.
But further - if you follow their TOS, how useful is the feature? Are you expected to send a separate email to the person and ask them if you can send them an article? And then send it to them after that? A workaround would be to send it to yourself, and then forward it manually. But obviously, this is just to cover them from being sued in case you do something wrong.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
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