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In the digital age, personal data is constantly being collected and processed by companies for various purposes. From online shopping to social media use, users leave behind a trail of personal information that is often used for targeted advertising and other marketing activities. While data collection can be useful for improving user experiences and providing personalized content, it can also be a cause for concern for those who value their privacy. While consulting Tableau clients we have found a mixture of companies who have strong convictions when it comes to data privacy ethics and following data governance rules, and those who have never considered data governance as a term to operationalize.

One feature that can be added to the user experience (UX) is a consent management system that allows users to review and manage their consent preferences for data collection and processing. This system would enable users to choose what data is being collected about them and how it is being used, giving them more control over their personal information.

Consent management systems can take many forms. One common approach is to use pop-ups or banners that appear when a user first visits a website or app, asking for their consent to collect and use their data. This approach allows users to make an informed decision about whether or not they want to share their information, and can include details about the specific data that will be collected and how it will be used.

Once users have given their initial consent, they should have the ability to review and modify their preferences at any time. This can be accomplished through a user-friendly dashboard that allows users to see what data has been collected about them and how it has been used. Users can then choose to delete or modify their data as needed, or revoke their consent altogether.

A well-designed consent management system can benefit both users and companies.

  1. For users, it provides greater control over their personal information and helps to build trust in the companies they interact with.
  2. For companies, it can help to ensure that they are collecting data in a transparent and ethical manner, and can lead to improved customer satisfaction and loyalty.

In addition to providing users with more control over their data, a consent management system can also help companies to comply with data protection regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union or the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in the United States. These regulations require companies to obtain explicit consent from users before collecting and processing their personal data, and to provide users with clear information about their rights.

Overall, a consent management system is a valuable feature that can be added to the UX of any website or app. By giving users control over their personal information, it can help to build trust and loyalty, and ensure compliance with data protection regulations. As more users become aware of the importance of data privacy, companies that prioritize consent management will be well-positioned to meet their customers’ needs and expectations.