Facebook, Google Accused Of “Dark Patterns” To Obtain Personal Information

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Despite EU’s implementation of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Facebook and Google have issues of a breach.

Facebook and Google have been the most frequented websites being accessed by everyone else. If we want to see other’s activities and for them to see ours as well, we turn to the social media platform. When we want to search for something, we look up to Google.

Unfortunately, those nice posts, pictures, and information need something in return. We are already aware of data privacy, and we’ll do everything to protect our information. Tech companies somehow discovered a way to obtain our personal information without us knowing it.

Facebook and Google including Microsoft have a couple of “dark patterns.” It also includes disturbing default settings and ambiguous terminology. According to the Norwegian Consumer Council report, these three huge companies force users away from privacy-friendly choices on their services. They gave web visitors what is called “an illusion of control.”

“Deceived by Design” based its report on users test which occurred in April and May. That is the time when Facebook, Google, and Microsoft made some changes to their privacy policies. Their transition is in accordance with the EU’s GDPR. Some of the “an illusion of control” examples discovered by the report include the following:

  • privacy-friendly options that are concealed
  • options that leave users no other choice but to take it or leave it
  • privacy-indiscreet defaults with a longer procedure for users who opt for privacy-friendly choices
  • some privacy settings are intentionally disguised
  • pop-up advertisements that constrain users to decide against their will, while pertinent information has been deleted
  • no selection to delay decisions
  • users are pressed to functionality loss or even removal of account if specific settings are not picked

The Norwegian Consumer Council report said, “Facebook gives the user an impression of control over the use of third-party data to show ads, while it turns out that the control is much more limited than it initially appears. And Google’s privacy dashboard promises to let the user easily delete data, but the dashboard turns out to be difficult to navigate, more resembling a maze than a tool for user control.”

In lieu of the event, consumer groups across the UK sent letters to their corresponding privacy regulators on Wednesday. They urge the national watchdogs to investigate the so-called “dark patterns” modus. The American consumer groups preceded by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), also requests the Federal Trade
Commission to investigate the habitude.

The consumer authorities clarify that the practice is unlawful since the new EU data privacy law tells that people have to truly permit tech firms to process their personal information. The letter points out that users are not provided with the complete disclosure of how their information will be used. The privacy settings make it hard for everyone to safeguard their personal information. These practices could also breach the GDPR that penalizes companies up to 4% of their global yearly income for grievous violations.

In answer to the long-time issues of illegal sharing of personal information, Decenternet has come up with a system that will secure and guard the user’s personal data with its operating system, Anuvys OS. The platform never disseminates its user’s pertinent data without their consent.



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