Most people just click and accept privacy policies without reading them

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by mood, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. mood

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    Most people just click and accept privacy policies without reading them — you might be surprised at what they allow companies to do
    February 7, 2019
    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/07/pri...anies-lots-of-room-to-collect-share-data.html
     
  2. mirimir

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    I certainly never read them. If you object to something in the ToS or privacy policy, there's no option other than not using the app, service, or whatever. It's not a contract that you get to negotiate. I mean, you can't just edit the thing, send the revised version to them, and expect that to govern. It's "take it or leave it".

    What I do is make sure that I'll be OK if anything evil goes down. Mostly that means using some persona, and making sure that my meatspace identity isn't discoverable. It also means not committing anything that I'm not OK with losing.
     
  3. deBoetie

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    My time is much better spent adopting privacy and security measures than reading ToS and privacy policies, as mirimir notes above.

    The only proper solution to this is to have decent standard contracts and consumer protection legislation as one does in meat-space (and these took a while to become established). The lack of these is indicative of the lack of ethics in the corporates and their carte blanche with bodies who are supposed to represent the public.
     
  4. mirimir

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    I don't follow this issue very well. But from what I read here and there, I get that Germany (at least) has pretty decent standards about what sorts of ToS stuff is enforceable, and what isn't. There's a ~rigorous smell test. Maybe it's generally EU-wide? But it's definitely not that way in the US, as I recall. ToS seem to be generally considered valid contracts. Even the binding arbitration clauses.
     
  5. guest

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    sure it is, in Europe, despite some countries being in the 14-eyes, the average citizen is quite protected (or at least informed) and sites/companies have to follow rules.
    However i found myself shocked by the laxism the US gov is about privacy., i bet lobbies is what really pollute the country.
     
  6. xxJackxx

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    There is no point in reading anything anymore. I'm sure it likely says at some point they can change the terms at will after the fact regardless of how you feel about it. You don't get to decide anything, ever.
     
  7. mirimir

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    Right. There's no point in worrying about it. Except, of course, to make efforts to be anonymous, if you're worried about consequences.
     
  8. Daveski17

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    And I thought I was the only one that didn't read them ... :cautious:
     
  9. mirimir

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    OK, so I have read lots of them. But only when I was researching something, and looking for juicy quotes ;)
     
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    I believe you. ;)
     
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