Privacy and "Required, not used"
So, I was commenting over on Econlog, and noticed this:
“Email Address (Required. Your email address will not display to the public or be used for any other purpose.)”
So, umm, what is it being used for?
This is both snarky (obviously) and serious (less obviously). The less obvious part is that information is being collected for no apparent reason, because some developer thought it would be good as an anti-spam measure or something. The lack of clarity is in violation of the basic privacy precepts of notice and purpose-specification, as well as minimization. Those are sometimes hard concepts for developers to grasp. We have a team of people to help developers through them, and get to the right results.
Maybe Microsoft Privacy Guidelines for Developing Software Products and Services should be required reading?
“Signs of our times” photo by Thomas23.