Course Release Date: June 4, 2021

U111 Data Minimization

Approximate Length – 15 Minutes

Intended Audience – User Interface Developers, Front End Developers, and Privacy Professionals

Lesson Description

Is your company in the habit of large-scale data collection because of a belief that it can’t hurt or will prove beneficial in the long run? It’s time to reconsider this misguided notion. Contrary to prevailing myths, these days, more than ever, data is a liability, not an advantage. Relying on scholarly work, including Jaap-Henk Hoepman’s Privacy Design Strategies, among others, this course offers students an introduction to a variety of approaches to data minimization, while focusing on the risks and harms of data collection, and the specific tactics that can be used to combat those risks and harms.

Learning Areas

  • The connection between data and risk
  • The risks and harms of data collection
  • The different ways to minimize data, and specific tactics to apply

Lesson Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students should understand why data increases risk, the specific issues surrounding the collection of data, and how to avoid unnecessary data risks through data minimization.

This lesson will prepare designers and developers to create interfaces purposefully designed not to manipulate users.