UX strategist and researcher Alex Schmidt argues that in a world full of security breaches, snooping, and third-party data aggregators, you should know where your usersâ€™ data goes. In this article, she explains why itâ€™s time we make privacy part of our product design processâ€”and helps us figure out how to build it into our requirements and skill sets.
“Just as we have a responsibility to design accessible products, even when itâ€™d be easier not to, we have a responsibility to consider privacy. We all have a role in shaping the way products are delivered, ensuring they serve usersâ€™ interests in an era when the notion of private life has been thoroughly compromised. So letâ€™s do it mindfully, not limiting our considerations to features that users see. Instead, letâ€™s look underneath and above, reach further into the future, and think bigger about what user experience is.”