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Is GDPR really efficient ?

One interesting result of the on-going survey shows that, 1 year after GDPR, there is still a lot to do.

The cookie notices are still used for forced opt-ins, or perceived as such, which was a common behavior just after GDPR began being enforced. It should be known that, contrary to a website where you clearly need to login to access the content, “cookie walls” are not compliant, because they force you to consent to use a service that is annouced as free. 

This figure needs to be related to the origins of the user. There is a tendancy showing that non-EU users are more likely to experience such situations, but it happens to EU users as well. It could mean that GDPR is actually efficient where it is applicable, and that quantitative comparisons could be made in the future.

Privacy Policies get slighter better treatment, but they are far from achieving their goal, both due to their form and content that is neither appealling nor “that” informative to the majority of the internet population.

Indeed, Privacy Policies are most of the time made by lawyers. But they are not “Terms of Use” and are not supposed to be legal documents: they are information for the users and making them inaccessible in form and content is really not helping. The majority of user is not interested by a document that is understandable only by lawyers, DPO, and data authorities. 

At least that’s what the study shows. Because one thing is clear too: everyone values its own privacy.

Take the survey to access all intermediary results. 

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