Everybody knows these modal dialogs when visiting a website for the first time that ask you to accept cookies and consent to being tracked by third-party advertising networks. It actually became a habit for me to always click through these things and reject any kind of tracking or use of my personal information except for the “required” cookies.
But today, I came across this dialog on atlasobscura.com with the title We value your privacy:
As an example, on the first visit, we happily tell the visitor that we do not collect any information, do not use personal information, and of course also do not sell any kinds of data to adverstising networks. However, as soon as the visitor accepted this policy (of course they are privacy aware and read the policy), it will suddenly change to the opposite. However, the visitor will never be informed or asked for consent again.
Would you agree to a contract that can be changed by the other party at any time in any way? You get the idea. Of course, actually implementing this would include malice, so the visitor might have a case against it, but only if they ever notice…