Interaction Design for Privacy

This is a general topic about usability of privacy. Many interesting things can be done here, such as studying users and privacy applications in IoT, looking at laws and regulations such as the European GDPR, etc.

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Short description

The topic needs to look at how to apply methods from Interaction Design (IxD) for evaluating the usability of privacy. A good starting source for understanding what is "usability of privacy" is this article.

One can either take this topic only as a literature review and theoretical analysis, or as a study involving a realistic IoT system (Internet of Things).

In the first case one would investigate IxD methods, their applicability to various privacy concepts, and categorize and exemplify these in various ways.

In the second case, one can start by choosing an IoT system (the supervisor can help with that) and look at how to use (which, in what respect, etc) IxD methods to evaluate the usability of the privacy that the IoT system under study provides. IoT prototypes can be created (e.g., using arduino or raspberry Pi) and used as mock-ups of real-life systems.

In both cases one can involve users and study their perception of the privacy. It is encouraged that users studies are carried out during this topic, but it depends on how the work of the student with the topic evolves.

Learning outcomes

The student will learn IxD methods. Relevant introductory courses already exist at IFI (e.g. IN1060, IN1050). If you have taken such courses, then the student will learn in depth and maybe more complex methods. Courses exist also at MSc level.

The student will also learn about privacy.

Ultimately, the novelty of the topic relies in applying such methods to privacy. What exactly this can mean, we can explore together.

Tags: usability, privacy, user studies, HCI
Published Oct. 9, 2020 3:03 PM - Last modified Oct. 9, 2020 3:03 PM


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