The philosopher Timothy Morton calls global warming a ‘hyperobject’: a thing that surrounds us, envelops and entangles us, but that is literally too big to see in its entirety.Page 77
The argument in the end is that with the rise of surveillance capitalism, we have moved over time from ‘we might use’ your data to ‘we will’ use your data, therefore making privacy policies seemingly null and void.
For more on privacy policies, Bill Fitzgerald argues that we need to move beyond compliance to focus on privacy:
The more we can ground these conversations [around privacy] in personal elements the better: what do you want to show? Why? How? Do you ever want to retract it?
Alternatively, Amy Collier provides the follow list to consider:
- Audit student data repositories and policies associated with third-party providers
- Have a standard and well-known policy about how to handle external inquiries for student data and information.
- Provide an audit of data to students who want to know what data is kept on them, how the data is kept, where it is kept, and who else has access.
- Have clear guidelines and regulations for how data is communicated and transmitted between offices.
- Take seriously the data policies of third-party vendors.
- Closely examine and rethink student-tracking protocols.
- Give students technological agency in interacting with the institution.
In regards to privacy policies associated with third-party vendors, Fitzgerald suggests looking for the following search words associated with consent: third party, affiliatuons, change, update and modify.
For a different approach, Amy Wang reports on the terms of services associated with Instagram. She also includes extracts from a lawyer, Jenny Afia, who rewrote the document in plain English. This is similar to Terms of Service, Didn’t Read, a site designed to not only summarise Terms of Services, but also highlight aspects to consider.