It's Time for Web Companies, Users to Face Facts About Online Privacy
The biggest lie in technology is that end-user license agreements, or EULAs—as well as privacy policies—are read by users or have any effect on what users know about the services they use. I would guess that less than 1 percent of users read them, yet everyone who uses such products clicks the button that says they've read or understood the documents. Let's be clear: This is just legal butt-covering that shields the company from future criminal charges or civil lawsuits. Because nobody reads them, companies go ahead and load them with permissions to do every possible thing with user data, all buried in a muddy pile of legal mumbo jumbo.4. Is personal data without personally identifiable information like name, phone number or email addresses really personal data?
They are nothing more than a crutch. Companies convince themselves that just because the lawyers crafted an all-encompassing legal document that no obligation exists for companies to communicate to users what they're doing with their data.