Towards an engineering model of privacy-related decisions

Joachim Meyer

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Abstract

People make numerous decisions that affect their own or others’ privacy, including the decisions to engage in certain activities, to reveal and share information or to allow access to information. These decisions depend on properties of the information to be revealed, the situation in which the decision is made, the possible recipients of the information, and characteristics of the individual person. System design should ideally protect users from unwanted consequences by allowing them to make informed decisions, at times blocking users’ ability to perform certain actions (e.g., when the user is a minor). The development of alerting and blocking mechanisms should be based on predictive models of user behavior, similar to engineering models in other domains. These models can be used to evaluate different design alternatives and to assess the required system specifications. Predictive models of privacy decisions will have to combine elements from normative decision making and from behavioral, descriptive research on decision making. Some major issues in the development and validation of such models are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrivacy and Identity Management for the Future Internet in the Age of Globalisation - 9th IFIP WG 9.2, 9.5, 9.6/11.7, 11.4, 11.6/SIG 9.2.2 International Summer School, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsMarit Hansen, Simone Fischer-Hubner, Jan Camenisch
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Pages17-25
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783319186207
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event9th IFIP WG 9.2, 9.5, 9.6/11.7, 11.4, 11.6/SIG 9.2.2 International Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management for the Future Internet in the Age of Globalisation, 2014 - Patras, Greece
Duration: 7 Sep 201412 Sep 2014

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume457
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Conference

Conference9th IFIP WG 9.2, 9.5, 9.6/11.7, 11.4, 11.6/SIG 9.2.2 International Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management for the Future Internet in the Age of Globalisation, 2014
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityPatras
Period7/09/1412/09/14

Keywords

  • Cognitive engineering
  • Decision making
  • Models
  • Privacy

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