Privacy by default: Google under consumer protection fire

Important legal issues surrounding the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on data protection by default and by design will soon occupy data protection supervisory authorities and courts. Several consumer protection organizations are taking action against the Alphabet subsidiary Google in a coordinated campaign with various legal remedies. The reason, according to consumer advocates, is that the provider is misleading users into using settings that are not data-saving during the registration process. This would put Google in violation of the GDPR. Google rejects the accusations, saying that the options are clearly marked and labeled in such a way that they are easy to understand.

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