Some online, mobile and tech terms and conditions agreements are longer than plays by Shakespeare – with PayPal’s T&Cs having a longer word count than Hamlet.

In a report from consumer association Which? Customer T&Cs were added up and compared to Shakespeare’s most famous plays. The terms and conditions you have to sign to use Apple’s iTunes is longer than Macbeth – which itself sounds like an Apple product.

The iTunes T&Cs – 2,456 words of privacy terms plus 17,516 of terms of use –adds up to 19,972 words, compared to Macbeth’s 18,100.

Add in the T&Cs for iOS 5 and iCloud and the word count for Apple’s privacy and terms of use reach a whopping 44,062 words – over half the length of Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets (84,799).

The word count of PayPal’s T&Cs is a whopping 36,275, compared to Shakespeare’s Hamlet at 30,066 words.

Facebook’s 11,195 words in length – 6,910 words of privacy policy and 4,285 words of terms of use – is about the same length as Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.

Which? tots up all of Google’s T&Cs (search, YouTube, Picasa, Chrome, Android, Google Wallet and Google Books) at 10,640 words – which it claims is the length of the average undergraduate dissertation.

Social network Twitter, which restricts users’ tweets to a mere 140 characters, has T%Cs that add up to 4,445 words – about half the length of Roald Dahl’s The Twits, says Which?.

The latest Apple iOS 5 update for iPhones weighs in at 13,366 – a lot to read on its small screen if downloaded directly on the device.

We await with dread the Terms and Conditions that outweigh Tolstoy’s War And Peace at 587,287 words…