It is the 21st century, the Internet is thriving, software tycoons accrue hundreds of thousands of dollars per second, and, unfortunately, privacy has become nothing more than an illusion.
As a developer, I have had a choice. There is the light side and the dark side. It’s the rebellion or imperialism. Do I want to be known as doing what others have done, or do I want to be remarkably different. When people come screaming about data I collect, would they come with lawsuits for me? I’m only a college student. I have debt. I don’t even know how the judicial system works.
These thoughts led me to reform my thought process towards privacy. I decided to semi-invent (or throw-together) a unique type of policy. I would like to see what you think.
Next, my policies will directly state the data that they are collecting. This may be in a list form. Vague statements, like “we may collect location data and sell it to politicians and global, democratic causes”, is not acceptable. What, huh? Why do they need my location? Bottom line, I’d be more specific, like-so: “As a political interest application, we may use your location to assist you in your search for local, like-minded politicians and causes. You may opt out of these features at any time.” It’s a lot cleaner, and it doesn’t make me sound like the illuminati. It also gives the user the option to opt out of this data collection. Notice that they are told that certain features will not be active without this data. In other words, they have a right to object, but their objections have a cost. Likewise, my business secrets are kept private. I have not specifically disclosed my process for finding like-minded politicians and causes. The user must determine if the cost outweighs the benefits.
Anyway, I hope that this post has helped you re-evaluate your privacy policies and concerns. As I move forward in the technology sector, I want to distinguish my applications and businesses from their competition. I want my users to know that I will give them a suit, not a cloth. They may remove clothing that they’d like. Hopefully, not too much.