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I tried to read all my app privacy policies. It was 1 million words.

Washington Post - Technology News

We the users shouldn't be expected to read and consent to privacy policies. Instead, let's use the law and technology to give us real privacy choices. And there are some very good ideas for how that could happen. There's a big little lie at the center of how we use every website, app and gadget. We click "agree," saying we've read the data policy and agree to the terms and conditions.

Are you over the pandemic? We want to hear about your worries or hopes

NPR Technology

What, if anything, do you expect to change in the next few months? What, if anything, do you expect to change in the next few months? After almost two years, many offices that have remained closed are finally talking about bringing back staff. More states have begun lifting indoor masking requirements and relaxing other COVID-related restrictions. Do you expect notable changes in your life?

Privacy policies are four times as long as they were 25 years ago

New Scientist

Privacy policies have become longer and less readable, and require more access to user data for the organisations that write them, an analysis of 25 years of documents shows. Isabel Wagner at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK, gathered 50,000 privacy policy texts by trawling some of the most visited websites in the world for their privacy policies. She also delved into their history dating back to 1996 using the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, which hosts historical versions of web pages.

PrivacyGuide: Towards an implementation of the EU GDPR on Internet privacy policy evaluation


Studies have shown that only 1% or less of total users click on privacy policies, and those that do rarely actually read them. The GDPR requires clear succinct explanations and explicit consent (i.e., no burying your secrets on page 37 of a 70 page document), but that's not the situation on the ground right now, and it's hard to see that changing overnight on May 25th. So we know that privacy is an important matter, and that a solution involving reading lengthy terms of service to determine the privacy implications of using a particular app/service/site is untenable. What can we do (beyond legislating for shorter ToS's)? PrivacyGuide breaks down privacy policies into 11 standard categories, based on an analysis of the GDPR requirements.

Privacy Groups Seek Regulatory Review of Google Privacy Policy WSJD - Technology

Two privacy groups have filed a complaint asking U.S. regulators to review changes Google made to its privacy policy in June that enable the internet-search giant to build more robust profiles of its users. The complaint, which Consumer Watchdog and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse filed with the Federal Trade Commission, centers on Google's request in June that users opt-in to new privacy settings that enable Google to combine their...