A partner and I have been working on some research for an ethics class at our university regarding data privacy and the public perception of data privacy. We would love to start a discussion here to learn more about your opinions and experiences on the topic, and share some of our findings. Our main focus was to find out how companies collect data, what types of data they collect, and what that data is used for after it is collected. We also wanted to investigate the public perception of data privacy; essentially “how aware is the average person of the data being collected on them?” We concluded that there is a significant lack of awareness amongst users about the extent of data being collected about them, and the types of data being collected about them. If you’re interested you can read both of our argumentative papers here. We want to ask a few questions to get a discussion started about the topics we’re interested in, so please feel free to share your experiences around these questions:
- How aware are people in your experience of data collection practices?
- What personal anecdotes or stories do you have about someone coming to terms or dealing with data privacy leaks, scares, or other interactions?
- What measures or practices do you take in your daily life to preserve your own privacy?
- What brands or services do you trust or distrust when it comes to data privacy?- How do you see the future of data privacy evolving?
- How do you feel about the transparency of data collection practices?
- Do you think more people would be concerned about their privacy if there was more transparency in this regard?