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Daily Dashboard | Op-ed: Confusing, vague privacy policies at the heart of struggle for user privacy Related reading: Perspective: OneTrust acquires Privacy Core


In an op-ed for The New York Times’ Privacy Project, Kevin Litman-Navarro writes about unpopular findings from his study of 150 privacy policies put forth by major tech and media platforms. Litman-Navarro cited reading comprehension as a major issue he found as "the vast majority of these privacy policies exceed the college reading level," while the majority of Americans "struggle to comprehend dense, lengthy texts." The time it takes to read these policies was another glaring issue. Litman-Navarro found that Google's policy could be read in two minutes in 1999 and peaked at 30 minutes last year. Litman-Navarro said many companies shrunk their policies to meet provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation that call for concise policies. Litman-Navarro argues that users don't need a "technical understanding of data collection processes" but one that "would help users understand how exposed they are."
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