Facebook and Google are pushing users to share private information by offering “invasive” and limited default options despite new EU data protection laws aimed at giving users more control and choice, a government study has said.
The Norwegian Consumer Council found that the US tech giants’ privacy updates clash with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which forces companies to clarify what choices people have when sharing private information.
“These companies manipulate us into sharing information about ourselves,” the council’s director of digital services, Finn Myrstad, is reported to have said. “This is at odds with the expectations of consumers and the intention of the new regulation,” the study concluded. Myrstad said the practices showed “a lack of respect for their users, and are circumventing the notion of giving consumers control of their personal data”.