Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over ‘forced consent’


“Schrems argues that the companies are using a strategy of “forced consent” to continue processing the individuals’ personal data — when in fact the law requires that users be given a free choice unless a consent is strictly necessary for provision of the service.”


Could be worse: they could be Stack Overflow, who have reacted to GDPR by going on about how great it is with one mouth, while all the while writing a clause into their terms of service which is intended to forces user to go to arbitration with a company chosen by SO rather than take them to court, and to forbid class actions against them entirely. A clause thankfully not legal under EU law but nevertheless being added to their TOS in an attempt to circumvent GDPR duties. No-one seems to be sure if it would hold in the US or Canada yet…