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Coworking: Jordan Wrigley has privacy on the brain

The data and policy analyst at The Future of Privacy Forum helps health-tech companies navigate the post-Dobbs landscape.
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Jordan Wrigley

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How would you describe your job to someone who doesn’t work in tech?

I’m the super laid-back individual who shows up where there are hard-to-solve problems in tech policy and creates a supportive environment through resources and education for tech privacy professionals and lawmakers working in consumer health data to find the most effective policy interventions.

What’s the most compelling tech project you’ve worked on, and why?

I’m currently working on a pregnancy and fertility data privacy project to help health-tech companies and lawmakers navigate the post-Dobbs health-tech landscape. The Dobbs decision threw the data privacy world for a loop and had reverberating consequences that may have stifled the growth of consumer health tech. This project will help guide the way through this tumultuous landscape and set the compass to catch back up with progress in the health space for women and femmes in particular.

What technologies are you most optimistic about? Least? And why?

I’m very optimistic about many forms of health tech made specifically for different lived health experiences across genders and sexualities, such as LGBTQIA technologies like connectivity apps and health trackers. With comprehensive and protective privacy policies, these technologies—ranging from trackers to digital toolkits—have the power to support health and wellness, create a community around shared experiences, and increase representation of these groups in health data sets.

I’d love to see more progress being made with senior and elder care tech and privacy—particularly as it relates to autonomy and consent policies. Several companies are creating elder care tech, but it’s unclear who will be in the driver’s seat when it comes to consent and data privacy choices: the individual or their caregiver. Figuring this out will be integral to these technologies and their adoption.

What’s the best tech-related media you read/watch/listen to?

I consistently listen to The Privacy Beat with Angelique Carson to understand key issues in data privacy. I also listen to The Better Way?, which has a great take on policy and how we’re handling the world with it.

What’s something about you we can’t guess from your LinkedIn profile?

I am a raging nerd for prepper tech like generators, potable water creators, agricultural tech, and the like.

What do you think about when you’re not thinking about tech?

I think a lot about food. How to grow it, make it, cook it, preserve it. I have a lot of little kitchen science experiments laying around.

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