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Privacy Issues in Ubiquitous Multimedia Environments: Wake Sleeping Dogs, or Let Them Lie?

Adams, A; Sasse, MA; (1999) Privacy Issues in Ubiquitous Multimedia Environments: Wake Sleeping Dogs, or Let Them Lie? In: Sasse, MA and Johnson, C, (eds.) Proceedings of INTERACT 99 - International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. (pp. 214 - 221). IOS Press: Netherlands: Amsterdam. Green open access

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Abstract

Many users are not aware of the potential privacy implications of ubiquitous multimedia applications. Decision-makers are often reluctant to raise users' awareness, since this may open a 'can of worms' and deter potential users. We conducted an opportunistic study after video-conferencing developers placed a camera in the common room of their university department, broadcasting the video on the Internet. The email debate following the common room users 'discovery' of the camera's existence was analysed as well as 47 anonymous questionnaire responses. Three distinct types of responses were identified, varying with the media type (audio vs. video) transmitted and scape of distribution (local vs. global). The groups also differ in their perception of the common room situation (public vs. private) and the degree of control exerted by observers and those observed. We conclude that privacy implications of ubiquitous multimedia applications must be made explicit. Users who discover privacy implication retrospectively are Likely to respond in an emotive manner, reject the technology, and lose trust in those responsible for it.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Privacy Issues in Ubiquitous Multimedia Environments: Wake Sleeping Dogs, or Let Them Lie?
Event: International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT 99)
Location: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Dates: 1999-08-30 - 1999-09-03
ISBN: 0-9673355-0-7
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Internet, multimedia applications, privacy, trust, ubiquitous computing, grounded theory
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/20249
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