The Editorial Board for The New York Times released an op-ed over the weekend arguing that consent is not enough to protect user privacy. "The average person would have to spend 76 working days reading all of the digital privacy policies they agree to in the span of a year," the column states, adding, "The 'I agree' button should have long ago been renamed 'Meh, whatever.'" The board also argues that consent "is not enough to replace" robust privacy protections. "The clicks that pass for consent are uninformed, non-negotiated and offered in exchange for services that are often necessary for civic life. It’s time to start seeing the 'I agree' button for what it really is." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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