For those that consult with organizations who require remote access, and it’s a long term working relationship, the client should provide updates to the consultant of changes in vendors/policies every six months.
For example, if someone is signing up for an online account for a service, we understand that an email address, a name, and a date of birth(sometimes) are required to create/access an account; password withstanding. The account holder should be able to opt-in for other uses of their email such as marketing, which this exists, but can we take this further? For social media platforms, there should be an opt-in setting to allow the platform to analyze your text/videos/audio/images for targeted marketing, let alone what a user posts for others to see. While decentralized social networks exist like Mastadon and diaspora*, that allow a user greater control over their data, mass adoption isn’t there yet. We’re stuck with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, TikTok, and the myriad of others where we aren’t afforded greater control over our data.
Perhaps the most interesting thing that one of our group members came up with deals with app permissions listed in an app store. The idea being that each permission listed is labeled with what it’s specific use is. An example permission is “Read your contacts.” The “label” information would state something like “This is to allow you to invite your contacts to use the app and it allows you to communicate with them.” If the developer that makes the app is using your contact list to market to others, the label must state that too.
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