Hello, blog readers and privacy tool users. Journalists often come to us to ask our expert opinion on privacy news, and one of the most common requests they have is whether they can talk to our customers. Hearing from real people about why privacy matters to them can take a news article from just okay to personalized and great.
We’re pretty sure that some of you out there would be willing to talk to the press about why you care about privacy, why you use Abine tools, etc., but we don’t know who you are! Because we’re a privacy company and we take your privacy very seriously, we don’t have your contact information. And if we do (for instance, if you’re a subscriber to one of our paid services like DeleteMe), we feel weird contacting you for things other than your order.
So if you’re reading this and you’re willing to talk to journalists every once in a while to comment on privacy, please let us know! The usual types of topics you’ll be asked about include your feelings on online trackers, why privacy is important to you, your personal experiences with privacy issues, and what you think about Abine’s privacy tools.
Just email me directly at Sarah [at] Abine [dot] com and answer these quick questions in the body of your email (and I’ll only use what you send me to help with press interviews). Please do not leave your response as a comment on this blog post; comments are public and everyone will be able to see them.
1. How much are you comfortable disclosing about yourself to the reporter?
A. I’m willing to talk, but not give my real name
B. I’m willing to talk with my real name, but not go on video
C. I’m willing to talk to reporters on video
2. Which Abine tools and services do you use? List all that apply:
D. Older products/other
3. What contact information are you okay with us giving the reporter in order to reach you? Please provide the info you’re okay with us giving them (e.g., if you say “phone,” then we’d need your phone number):
B. Phone number
4. (Optional) Is there a specific privacy concern that led you to start using our products or pay more attention to your personal info online (e.g., you’re a new graduate looking for a job, a survivor of domestic violence, or a victim of identity theft)?
We realize that plenty of people aren’t comfortable speaking to the press or being on camera, and that’s completely fine. But for those of you who aren’t afraid of a little publicity, we’d love to hear from you!