The default for most digital services to tell people how their data is being used is by publishing still impenetrable terms and conditions.

We think that better models of consent can build trust between people and the services and products they use. Our work on data licences makes that really explicit, showing attendees the different ways people can have meaningful control of their data, and new ways for businesses to manage customer’s personal data.

Alternative patterns are not widely known, used or understood. So, we’ve started to catalogue them. You can see the early work on this here. Let us know if you know of any others we should add or you have any other suggestions. We’re not saying these are all good patterns (there are problems with lots of them), but a good starting point is understanding what is out there at the moment.

This is clearly an area that needs more research and experimentation (we are particularly excited by location based permissions using beacons, emergency access and quorum based systems) and we want to build pilots of some of these consent models to really understand how they work and improve them.