Meaningful Consent in the Digital Economy

Lead Research Organisation: University of Southampton
Department Name: Electronics and Computer Science

Abstract

In the currently existing digital economy, the technology is allowing poor consent in data sharing transactions. The choice that users have to make using online services is hidden and binary; the data is overcaptured, with no access expiration. There is a need for a more meaningful control over data, and consent is one of the mechanisms that can be used to solve it. The research described in this report focuses on designing technology that would help users and online service providers to manage consent in the age of smart phones, smart cities, Internet of Things and wearables. If successful, the steps proposed here will lead to better understanding of the role of consent in online data sharing transactions, which shall contribute to the literature on Human-Computer Interaction. They can also help solving further, larger-scale challenges in this space, towards building a consentful digital economy, where users understand how their data is used and where they get to choose what happens to it.

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509747/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1807923 Studentship EP/N509747/1 05/09/2016 31/08/2020 Dorota Filipzcuk
 
Description Privacy Enhancing Technologies Stipend (travel grant)
Amount $1,000 (USD)
Organisation Ford Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Kenya
Start 07/2018 
End 07/2018
 
Title Chrome browser extension to the Web Mirror transparency tool 
Description The Chrome browser extension to the Web Mirror is a research tool that allowed us to collect data about study participants' anti-tracking measures that online users apply in order to protect their privacy from unwanted browsing tracking. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact This tool facilitated the data collection about online users' anti-tracking measures, which resulted in submission of a publication on tracking transparency and adoption of anti-tracking measures (currently in submission).