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EU's New Privacy Rules Could Spell the End of Legalese - Or Create a Lot More Fine Print

The new law could spell the end of legalese - of an era of signing away your rights with a single click, experts said.

 Silicon Valley companies for months have been rewriting their privacy policies to make them clearer in time for a Friday deadline, the day Europe ushers in sweeping new privacy laws that could affect users worldwide.
The new law could spell the end of legalese of an era of signing away your rights with  single click. But it could also have the opposite effect of creating more longer and more confusing explanations.

Because it is hard for technology companies to determine the citizenship of users who log into their services, most companies say they will roll out the changes beyond the law's immediate jurisdiction.
Google, Facebook, Apple, and others have been rushing to ready new tools for people to download and delete their data - along with revamped privacy policies and interfaces that purport to be more digestible. On Thursday, Facebook said it plans to insert alerts in the newsfeeds of more than 2 billion users in the coming weeks, giving them a series of choices, including whether they want Facebook to use face recognition on their photos and whether the company can use information collected about them from advertisers.

In addition to the new alerts Facebook announced, the company said in March that it would streamline its privacy policies currently in 20 different places on the company's website, onto a single page. For the first time. Facebook will allow users to delete some of the data that the company collects about them for example, the different Facebook links and pages a person clicks on.

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But Facebook will not give people the option to block the company from harvesting most of the information it already collects. Acquisti said that wasn't a good sign.

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