Conflicting messages in data collection

I’ve seen how relinquishing some of my autonomy can be a good thing.

There’s a strange set of narratives around information sharing. From one side, there’s acknowledgement that putting your information online reduces your agency. I’ve seen this in articles like this one from frog that are trying to make the case that sure, you’ll give up some measure of privacy, or secrecy, but you’ll get something better in return.

But from the other side, there’s the idea that by putting your personal information online and trusting an organisation with it, you’re taking charge of it. I’ve seen this recently in a lot of the marketing for electronic health records. “Give us your health information,” the marketing copy says, “so you can be in charge of it.”

It’s not a particularly convincing message.

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