Why do we collect data? But perhaps we don’t need to and we need to question it all. Perhaps we can delete it much faster than we realise.
From the Blog on data collection
Shifting from generosity to suspicion is subtle. We forget too that 99% of people are honest, good, and want to feed their family like we do.
We collect heaps of data. And we think about the value of it for ourselves and our donors and partners. We forget to ask a critical third question.
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.
We are often trying to build trust and evidence. However, what we think is evidence, what we think builds trust, is completely different from the others.
In the Ebola crisis, the only piece of data required was the temperature of the person. We need less data than we collect, so why are we collecting more?
Collecting data comes with a cost for the agency collecting it and the person from whom it is collected. Does the data have a purpose beyond fear and fraud?