General Mills: If you ‘like’ on Facebook, you can’t sue

(NBC News) – General Mills updated their privacy policy – quietly.

Using a thin gray bar across the top of its home page, the cereal giant announced the change.

In part, the bar on the home page reads:

“We’ve updated our Privacy Policy. Please note we also have new Legal Terms which require all disputes related to the purchase or use of any General Mills product of service to be resolved through binding arbitration.”

Essentially, consumers who download coupons, join online communities – such as Facebook – or enter company-based sweepstakes give up their right to sue General Mills.

Now, anyone who receives anything that can be considered a “benefit” and then has a dispute with the company will have to go through informal negotiation or go through arbitration to seek compensation.

This change is on the heels of a California judge refusing to dismiss a case brought against General Mills by two mothers who said the company deceptively marketed Nature Valley products as natural since they contained processed and genetically engineered ingredients.

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