Privacy policies are hard to read. They are very long, and written in ‘legalese’ that very few people understand. As a result, people don’t read them. To allow people to nevertheless learn how websites, apps or services treat their personal data, the use of privacy icons have been proposed. These icons should, when properly designed and used, summarise the privacy policy and convey its essential privacy characteristics. In this blog post I will discuss and analyse the main proposals, and suggest some steps forward.

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