According to a report from the Norwegian Consumers Council, user interfaces as arranged by Facebook, Google and Microsoft would push people to give up their information.
Google and Facebook would encourage European users to share more personal data than they think. This is what the Norwegian Consumers Council asserts in a report that refers to the use of ” dark ” interface models to push users towards ” the least respectful privacy options to a degree that we consider contrary to ethics “. This document also involves Microsoft and more particularly Windows 10.
For example, Facebook members who want to disable facial recognition are warned by a message: ” If you turn off facial recognition, we will not be able to use this technology if a stranger uses your photo to pretend to be yours .” The report believes that the turn of the warning and the words used influence decision-making by making the person believe that another choice is ” ethically questionable or risky “.
The report adds that Facebook, Google and Windows 10 use ” deceptive wording ” and offer ” choices to take or leave and architectures or the choice of settings more protective of privacy requires more effort. ”
The authors believe that this incentive for users to ” choose the least privacy-friendly options ” is unethical and questions whether the consent given in these circumstances is, in fact, explicit, informed and freely given.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force on 25 May in the European Union which harmonises and strengthens the protection of personal data. The Norwegian Consumer Council considers that the ” RGPD settings of Facebook, Google and Windows 10 provide users with granular choices regarding the collection and use of personal data “.
Google reacted with a statement that it had ” changed ” its data control options to the film of the years so that people could easily understand them and use the tools available to them.
” Feedback from the research community and our users, as well as extensive user interface testing, help us to reflect users ‘ privacy preferences,” says the California giant. ” For example, just last month, we made further improvements to our ad settings and Google account information and controls. ”
On the Microsoft side, a spokesman said it is ” a priority for Microsoft to ensure that all our products and services comply with the law enforcement, including the RGPD. ”
At Facebook, a representative of the social network provided this long statement: ” In the last 18 months, we have prepared to comply with the requirements of the GDPR. We clarified our rules, made it easier to find our privacy settings, introduced better tools to allow users to access, download and delete their information. During the rollout of the RGPD, we asked our members to review key confidentiality information that was written in plain language and to make choices on three important topics. Our approach is legal, follows expert recommendations on design and privacy issues, and designed to help people understand their choices and the way technology works. ”
In the United States, eight consumer groups are now asking the Federal Trade Commission to “investigate the deceptive and manipulative tactics of Google and Facebook to encourage users to” consent to intrusive default settings.