How positively surprised I was, when a privacy notification suddenly covered the screen of my Samsung S7. I couldn’t close it nor continue using my phone until I agreed to various policies and conditions.
It started out with the following text:
I was given the choice to opt-in for one of the following:
- I agree to the General Terms and Conditions
- I agree to Special Terms and Conditions
- Enable custom service (optional)
- I agree to share my contact details with Samsung so that I can use the Samsung Social service (optional)
This may involve the use of mobile data or text messages, which may incur additional costs.
- I have read and agree to everything above
Sad Samsung, you have truly disappointed me… Perhaps this is worse than asking nothing at all. I feel misled, as before I knew it, I had agreed to all these changes. I embarked upon an online search and discovered how to alter my privacy settings: Settings > Cloud and accounts > Accounts > Samsung account > Privacy > Custom service.
I succeeded in changing my privacy preferences after all, but then received the following message: “Are you sure? Custom service enhances your experience with personal content in supporting apps and services.”
From a legal point of view, there is no way this interaction can be considered as unambiguous consent so what is the point of forcing this onto your users, Samsung? I think I’ll follow the advice of my boss and switch to a more privacy minded phone…