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caveat emptor

[kav-ee-aht emp-tawr, -at, kah-vee-, key-; Latin kah-we-aht emp-tohr] /ˈkæv iˌɑt ˈɛmp tɔr, -ˌæt, ˈkɑ vi-, keɪ-; Latin ˈkɑ wɛˌɑt ˈɛmp toʊr/
noun
1.
let the buyer beware: the principle that the seller of a product cannot be held responsible for its quality unless it is guaranteed in a warranty.
Origin
1515-1525
1515-25; < Latin
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  • Yes, caveat emptor applies, ie there is an onus on the buyer to understand what they are doing with their data.
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British Dictionary definitions for caveat emptor

caveat emptor

/ˈɛmptɔː/
noun
1.
the principle that the buyer must bear the risk for the quality of goods purchased unless they are covered by the seller's warranty
Word Origin
Latin: let the buyer beware
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Word Origin and History for caveat emptor

Latin, literally "let the buyer beware;" see caveat and second element of exempt (adj.).

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caveat emptor in Culture
Caveat emptor [(kav-ee-aht, kah-vee-aht emp-tawr)]

Latin for “Let the buyer beware.” It means that a customer should be cautious and alert to the possibility of being cheated: “Caveat emptor is the first rule of buying a used car.”

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Encyclopedia Article for caveat emptor

(Latin: "let the buyer beware"), in the law of commercial transactions, principle that the buyer purchases at his own risk in the absence of an express warranty in the contract

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