Is ‘user consent’ the biggest farce on the internet? GDPR to the rescue.
GDPR — promoting transparency and design in the law.
- These documents are not meant for us;
- Or that whatever they say, there is nothing we can do about it;
- Or even that this is the price one must pay, to gain immediate access to a possible website, service or product, that we need so badly.
Given this, is ‘user consent’, possibly the biggest lie on the internet? Perhaps not for long.
The much talked-about GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which comes into force today, Friday May 25, sets out a higher standard of clarity and accessibility of the information relating to personal data processing, in line with transparency principles (see e.g. Recital 39).
GDPR also states that all information relating to personal data now needs to be communicated to consumers in a in a “concise, transparent, intelligible and easily accessible form, using clear and plain language” (Art. 12).
“privacy policies that are difficult to understand or statements full of legal jargon” would no longer be legally valid.” (Article 3.3.2).
CNIL, the French data protection authority goes a step further to include the design of privacy policies to be a top priority in 2018. About time we say.
It’s time we empower the user and create friendly, transparent legal policies that people can actually understand — because this is about users and their life.
With Legal Design we can create legal content that’s clear, easily accessible, engaging and beautifully designed — ticking all those GDPR boxes.