Techdirt Podcast Episode 41: Privacy Policies Have Nothing To Do With Privacy
from the let's get rid of them dept
Privacy policies are ubiquitous online, and often required by law, but what are they really for? People don’t read them, and when they do, they have a tendency to misunderstand them — such as with the recent flare-up over poorly-contextualized changes to Spotify’s policy. Plus, there’s a built-in incentive for companies to write their policies as broadly as possible to avoid accidentally violating them, further stripping them of all purpose. This week, we discuss a simple question: are privacy policies an altogether stupid idea?