Tuesday UX Trainer: Design & Data Privacy

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Housekeeping news: I’m hiring Content Strategist + UX Writer interns for UXBeginner.com. Meanwhile, development of UX School is going along smoothly.

> This week’s TUT is about privacy, data and ethics in design in light of the recent #deletefacebook debacle.

🚨 Facebook has been under fire for privacy breaches, and I feel conflicted about this. On one hand, I am 100% plugged into FB, using it to run UX groups & pages. OTOH, I’ve given away a massive amount of my personal data.

✅ Here’s a list of caveats of joining FB. If you’re leaving Facebook, this is one designer’s walkthrough of deleting his account.

📄 Sebastian Greger wrote an awesome 3-parter on Privacy-Aware Design with ideas about how designers can implement solutions that better protect users’ privacy.

📁 Dr. David Geerts’ user experience of social media has some practical insights, starting on page 14 of the PDF. For example, remembering that privacy is tantamount, but is not the user’s main goal (secondary to the primary “job”). This implies that creating easy-to-configure privacy settings – as well as educating users how to – is hugely important.

👀 Looking for alternatives to Facebook? Diaspora and Mastodon are two increasing popular decentralized services.

📖 Further reading on the topic: Little Book of Design Research Ethics, Tragic Design and the work of the design ethicist who left Google to start the Center for Humane Technology.

Quote I’m chewing on…

If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.

Are you deleting your Facebook account? Why or why not? I’d love to know.

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Keep learnin’

Oz, founder @ UXBeginner, instructor @ UX School

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