Hi guys! I’m a Content Researcher and Developer, but I’m also studying design (sort of like moonlighting ), so I’m really glad I found UX Mastery to support my learning path! As for the GDPR… Have you noticed that even the most reputable publications are bending the rules a bit? I suppose designers are just doing what they are told by the management, but here’s what I’ve noticed.
Many publications are only seemingly asking users for consent while in fact they are misusing UX design in order to push users towards giving permission for data collecting.
Most evident example? Notification about cookies. You will frequently encounter a pop up that takes up to 50% of your screen, without the [ × ] button. You can’t shut it down, it stays right there at the bottom as you scroll, which is very annoying. So, you click “accept” just to get rid of it.
It’s like they are giving users a silent ultimatum: either share your personal data or suffer through an awful experience while interacting with website content.
Not quite sure this was the thing the EU had in mind when trying to give users back their rightful control of their personal data… What do you think?
Other types of media deserve a slow clap and one sarcastic “bravo, you schmucks” for their way of handling data privacy: they decided to comply with the new regulation simply by cutting off EU citizens, i.e. blocking EU users from their websites. I have read about the consequences of this approach here, if you are interested in the full analysis.
The GDPR is supposed to restore digital trust, but could it also cause a division in cyberspace? People are being discriminated solely because of their location. That don’t seem right to me…