Lundgren, Björn | 2020
AI & Society. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-020-00970-8
When General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union (GDPR) arrived, most people probably noticed a practical flaw in the privacy protection regulation. GDPR required that most agents desiring to use your information receive your informed consent—a seemingly reasonable requirement. However, overnight, Internet turns into a pop-up spam festival, with websites requiring approval for your personalized privacy settings. Although the requirement enables individuals to make detailed decision about what information to share, the process is always time consuming, often annoying, and sometime cognitively taxing. Practices of so-called ‘click-through agreements’ arguably increase the risk that individuals agree to a consent agreement without actually reading it (see, e.g., Grady et al. 2017, p. 858)—revealing a practical flaw in the GDRP regulation, in which individuals’ privacy fail to be properly protected.
Read the article: How software developers can fix part of GDPR’s problem of click-through consents