The Cost of Privacy Policies - Complexity Mapping︎ 2022
Language is at the heart of so many of our most complex issues. The way that communication (and miscommunications) occur between different parties allows for confusing problems to flourish. One area where I see language being used for manipulation, is the Data Collection Economy. I developed the Complexity Diagram above to shed some light on the interworkings of this system, and explain how simply clicking “agree” could be used by companies to track your exact location. View the system through multiple lenses by following the different colored paths.
From my perspective, corporations who experience financial gain from consumers who agree to these privacy policies are dealing with dirty money. Until privacy policies are clear and explicit about their intents with their data collection, specifically with location data, I believe they should be considered unethical. In my diagram I’ve outlined points of intervention that could support consumers within this system, and I hope that soon we see a future where we feel safe and secure while using the internet.
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