Opt-In,Do Not Opt-In, Opt-Out and Do Not Opt-Out

When moving your organization’s email system to Google Apps, often an Opt-In/Opt-Out feature is desirable, particularly in the academic world, i.e., the Google Apps for Education world.

Here is the Google Opt Out Feature that Lets Users Protect Privacy By Moving To Remote Village:

Barring that, the IT department does need to provide an option to allow end users to Opt-in or Opt-out of Google Apps.

Per Meriam-Webster,

Opt-in means that one choose to do or to be involved in something.
Opt-out means that one choose not do or to be involved in something.

Here is the confusion part: if you are out, you can’t opt-out, but you can stay out, i.e.,
do not opt-in; if you are in, you can’t opt-in, but you can stay in by do not opt-out.

We need to distinguish between what’s the initial state:

  • If you are out to begin with, you can choose to opt-in. Since you are out to begin with, you cannot choose to opt out, as you are out already, but you can choose not to opt-in, i.e., stay as is.
  • If you are in to begin with, you can choose to opt-out. Since you are in to begin with, you cannot choose to opt in, as you are in already, but you can choose not to opt-in, i.e., stay as is.
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