My photo was in an Ikea display once, but I could not walk in and remove the picture. Photos travel, they always have. Digital has sped up the ease of it.
From the Blog on Consent
Consent often is very individualistic. But what is individual and what is communal? Tricky lines to define.
Some people don’t mind being recorded, while others do. Many people worry about where the recording might end up. See what happens if you don’t record.
Consent assumes two or more equals are engaging. When we distribute aid, we require an exchange of information for the aid. We are bartering.
Following the law is the minimum we do, not what we aspire to. A subtle shift happens when data collection becomes an opportunity to engage communities.
Before alternatives can have relevance, we need to focus on awareness. And in one sense, awareness is about digital literacy.
Audits almost always check that consent was collected. But rarely, if ever, do they check if appropriate awareness was created.
Consent is based on people being ‘Free and equal’ as articulated in social contract theory, however ‘Free and equal’ ignores power.
A lot of time and energy is spent debating informed consent focusing on the consent part. What would happen if we focused on the informing part?