Consumer groups urge FTC to probe Google, Facebook data-consent tactics

Source: Ali Breland, The Hill

Eight consumer advocacy groups are calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Google and Facebook over what they see as “misleading” tactics that push consumers to give up their personal data.

The study by Forbrukerrådet argues that Google and Facebook use four general tactics to pressure consumers into agreeing to handing over their data: setting default privacy settings to the least private options; making disclosure of at least some data a prerequisite to using the service; making privacy settings difficult to access; and using “deceptive” design.

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