“My Mother”

Whenever you need to test whether a data/trust/permission concept is okay, try substituting the words “my mother” for consumer or user.

So instead of saying “Company X has revised their privacy policy to allow for third party access to consumer commerce data”, try saying “Company X will sell my mother’s shopping habits to anyone who wants them.” Feels a bit different.

Note I said “my mother” not “my” to make it more real — marketers are generally more comfortable with giving data to try out services so don’t use yourself as an example of the average Jane or Joe.

(Interestingly enough is available! Maybe the “company changes” mentioned on their home page have something to do with the way they treated my mother!)