Access and Feeds

Data Protection: Do you Know What You Have Agreed to?

By Dick Weisinger

Have you recently read the contents of a privacy notice or software usage agreements? They’re on websites and updated versions come frequently by postal mail. But does anyone read them?

It would take someone 244 hours annually to completely read all the privacy statements of all the web sites that an average American visits, based on a 2008 study, and it’s likely that the number of hours would be even more now in 2019.

In 2017, Deloitte estimated that 91 percent of users don’t read the terms and service condition agreements. 97 percent of people in the 18-34 age group don’t read them.

Despite the barrage of legal agreements, there remains many aspects of data protection and privacy which is not clearly defined by laws.

Forbes recently discussed the results of a Melbourne University research paper about ethics in the use of personal data collected by researchers and businesses. The following areas were identified as not being well defined legally:

  • Consent
  • Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Ownership and Authorship
  • Governance and Custodianship
  • Data Sharing

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