“From the excellence of a person’s Islam is that he leaves what does not concern him.”

(Tirmidhī)

Omar Usman in his collection of Social Media Ahadith interpeted this like:

“You’ll naturally come across lots of things that don’t concern you but look interesting. The trick is to keep yourself from getting involved in them. Cut down on your overall consumption of information.”

It may go without saying, but being too curious about your customers’ data can get you into trouble. Don’t ask for more information than you need, and don’t collect data without their knowledge. These are just a few examples of sticking your nose into things that don’t concern you.

In the German data protection law, there is a requirement called the data economy principle. This means that you should only collect and process personal data that is necessary for your specific purpose.

In data protection law, the principle of necessity results in the requirement of data avoidance and data economy, which can be found in Section 3a of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). This means that, in principle, as little personal data as possible should be collected, processed and used. This means that data processing processes must be set in such a way that they get by with as little data as possible. In particular, data processing processes with anonymized and pseudonymized data are preferable.

Commandment of data economy and data avoidance – Knowledge portal for teachers at Martin Luther University

Be mindful of your customers’ privacy. Only collect the data you need, and be transparent about how you’re using it.

Example: Newsletter Forms

Only need an email address to subscribe to a newsletter?

That’s right! Some newsletter subscription forms ask for your name, but it’s not really necessary. All you need is an email address to receive newsletters.

So why do some forms ask for the subscriber’s name? It’s possible that the company wants to personalize the newsletter experience. For example, they might address the subscriber by name in the email. But it’s also possible that they’re just trying to collect more data about the customer.

A lot of people are not comfortable giving out their name, so they shouldn’t have to. Newsletter subscription forms will let you sign up with just your email address.

Example: Website Analytics Data Collection

Web servers record a visitor’s IP address and the exact time they visit a website. With this information, plus a request to their internet service provider (ISP), one could find out which internet connection they used to visit the site. And in many cases, this could lead to their identity being revealed.

That’s why most analytics tools offer the option to anonymize IP addresses. This means replacing the last three digits of your IP address with xxx. For example, 193.82.177.389 would become 193.82.177.xxx.

You should always enable this option when using analytics tools. It’s a simple way to protect their privacy and prevent their online activity from being tracked. Especially if you’re using an analytics tool from a 3rd party like Google Analytics. Have in mind, that you’re sharing the data you collect from your visitors with them.

Don’t be a data snoop: Be ethical online!

The internet is a great place to learn, connect, and have fun. But it’s also important to be mindful of our privacy and the privacy of others. That’s why it’s important to be ethical online.

Here are a few tips:

  • Only collect the data you need, and be transparent about how you’re using it.
  • Respect your users’ privacy. Give them control over their data, and delete it when you no longer need it.
  • Don’t stick your nose into things that are none of your business.

By following these tips, we can all help to create a more ethical and privacy-respecting online environment.


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Ethical Website Creation

Ethical Website Creation is a way to create websites that take into account all the rights of the user and actively protects them, through the choice of technology or method of implementation.

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