Threat Awareness - Social Impacts of Privacy Aware Ubiquitous Computing

Alexander De Luca
Media Informatics Group, University of Munich, Germany

Heinrich Hussmann
Media Informatics Group, University of Munich, Germany

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Ingår i: Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 25:20, s. 177-184

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Publicerad: 2007-11-27


ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


At first glance; privacy and ubiquitous computing seem to be highly incompatible; due to the ubicomp characteristic of being invisible. There are projects; trying to overcome this problem with different feedback mechanisms. In current literature; this approach is often referred to as privacy mirrors. The goal is to provide privacy awareness. It means making users aware about how their data is used by a specific service. However; there is little scientific work on the social impact of privacy awareness. That is; if privacy awareness is useful; accepted by the users and if it changes their usage behavior. Therefore; in this work; we examined the influence of privacy awareness on users to find the answers. We performed a user study with a privacy aware mobile service and conducted an online survey; which lead to interesting results; which we will present in this paper.


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