Creating boundaries with emotional data privacy

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  • Lawmakers are considering opt-in versus opt-out for data sharing. [My company] does opt-out for anonymized data — stuff that is useful, and powers our business and offerings, but which can’t be connected back to an individual and we think poses little or no privacy risk. And we do opt-in for more sensitive collection, like use cases where a user specifically wants or needs their movements to be recorded.
  • You might look at the guarantees offered by the CCPA (which will be in effect at the start of next year) and GDPR. Here’s a chart comparing them. The first page or two isn’t super-relevant, but scroll down to the rights that are extended by each law — to delete data, opt-out of transfer, amend data, and be protected from some classes of decisions based on the data, among others.
  • Finally, the debate about the EU’s Right to be Forgotten is relevant, though separate from the above measures. People tend not to care much about corporations, so this angle doesn’t get discussed that much, but to me it brings up interesting questions about how much control we deserve to have over how others think about us, make decisions about us, or remember us. We have a right to privacy, but others also have a right to know and think whatever they care to. This gets back to the gevulot stuff. I think it’s interesting to consider what the hard & fast rules ought to be, and how they differ from what etiquette and norms ought to be.



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Catherine Andrews

Catherine Andrews


Teaching awakening + healing through vulnerability + self-compassion. Finding hope in a messy world. Author of the Sunday Soother.