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89% of Android Users Didn't Consent to Facebook Data Collection
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User Rank: Ninja
4/11/2018 | 12:15:19 PM
Informed consent
@Pyker42  Yes, ISVs are burdened with TOS and EULAs, as well.  Perhaps standardized agreement forms, at the  vetted distribution-store level, would help.  Part of the agreement would be that all permissions would be off by default - leaving the end user to enable each explicitly.  At the very least, the user would be made aware that all of the functionality they crave comes at a price; and that it's up to them to determine if it's worth it.  A benefit would be that while users would still have the responsibility to read the ToS/EULA/privacy notice, they'd only have to read ONE for any app they install from that store-vendor.  While that wouldn't cover the likes of Facebook, it could help the app publishers and end users.  
User Rank: Strategist
4/11/2018 | 11:17:19 AM
Re: Comment
While I agree that TOS and EULA contracts are heavily weighted to favor the companies issuing them, that doesn't negate the fact that most users never read eaither before proceeding. Android is especially easy with permissions. Every new app gives you general categories with specific permissions granted to that app. There is blame to be put on companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc. But there is equal blame to be put on the people who use those services without realizing the implications of the data rights they are granting these companies. I agree that such services are ubiquitous and hard to eschew all together. That doesn't absolve people of their personal responibility to conciously think about what they are doing, what they are using, and what information they are sharing.
User Rank: Ninja
4/10/2018 | 12:43:26 PM
Re: Comment
Important point.  In general, TOS have been very unfair to consumers.  It's not enough to include wording such as "Read the Terms of Service and Privacy Statements carefully before...".  For starters, how many consumers have the ability to evaluate what's written, as the contract law professionals who wrote it? Also, the more comprehensive the TOS agreement, the less likely consumers are inclined to read through it, or comprehend what of it pertains to them. 


Another factor is that a number of such services are, de facto, compulsory: events, webinars, conferences, etc., which are available exclusively through such services.  Does it matter what the TOS says, or if it's read, if there is no real choice but to accept? 
User Rank: Strategist
4/10/2018 | 10:56:30 AM
I think that should read 89% of Android Users didn't know they consented to Facebook data collection.

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