Silicon Valley Desperately Trying to Burnish Its Pathetic and Putrid Image

Five consumer privacy groups have asked the European Data Protection Board to investigate how Facebook, Google, and Microsoft design their software to see whether it complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Essentially, the tech giants are accused of crafting their user interfaces so that netizens are fooled into clicking away their privacy, and handing over their personal information.

In a letter sent today to chairwoman Andrea Jelinek, the BEUC (Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs), the Norwegian Consumer Council (Forbrukerrådet), Consumers International, Privacy International and ANEC (just too damn long to spell out) contend that the three tech giants “employed numerous tricks and tactics to nudge or push consumers toward giving consent to sharing as much data for as many purposes as possible.”…

See Also: (Lionel on Crosstalk) – Lionel on Cross Talk: The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree and the Pathetic RussiaGate Waste of Time

The fruit of the poisonous tree — this is what critics are calling the ongoing investigation of alleged Trump world collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. In the meantime, the upper echelons of the FBI have been decimated over proven misconduct. Has Russiagate morphed into FBI-gate? CrossTalking with Doug Wead, Lionel, and Richard Goodstein.