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Pay for the right to privacy on Facebook and Instagram by denying ads
You can now decide privacy matters and opt-out of Meta’s advertising, to be exact you can pay for your right. In Europe.
Meta announces that «Meta will offer people in the EU, EEA and Switzerland the choice to pay a monthly subscription to use Facebook and Instagram without any ads. They can alternatively continue to use these services for free while seeing ads that are relevant to them.»
This is because, Norway has succeeded in getting the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) to permanently ban Meta (Facebook's parent company) from harvesting user data for targeted ads on Facebook and Instagram. https://www.datatilsynet.no/en/news/aktuelle-nyheter-2023/meta-case-brought-to-the-european-level/
Here is the issue as I see it. Some people might not be able to afford to pay to not be tracked. This could create a two-tiered system where people with more money are able to protect their privacy, while people with less money are not.
It's also possible that companies might use this as an opportunity to collect even more data from the people who choose not to pay. They might argue that if people are willing to pay to not be tracked, then their data must be very valuable. This could lead to companies collecting even more data from people who are already being tracked.
Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to pay to not be tracked is a personal one. People need to weigh the pros and cons and decide what is best for them.
However, it's important to remember that privacy is a right. People should not have to pay to protect their privacy. Companies should respect people's privacy and not collect data without their consent.
People should also be aware of the data that companies are collecting about them and how they are using it. They can request access to their data and ask companies to delete it.
It's important for people to be aware of their privacy rights and to take steps to protect their privacy. They should not have to pay to protect their privacy.
What do you think ?