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Towards Usable Privacy Enhancing Technologies: Lessons Learned from the PrimeLife Project
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Psychology. Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Centre for HumanIT. Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Service Research Center. (Centre for HumanIT)
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Computer Science. Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Centre for HumanIT. (PriSec)
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2011 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this deliverable, we present lessons learnt from the PrimeLife HCI (Human Computer Interaction) Activity by discussing typical HCI challenges and fallacies that we experienced during the PrimeLife project. We also provide guidance on how these issues can be addressed in order to develop usable privacy-enhancing technology solutions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
PrimeLife , 2011. , 55 p.
Series
PrimeLife Deliverable, D4.1.6
National Category
Psychology Computer Science
Research subject
Psychology; Computer Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-10764OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-10764DiVA: diva2:494316
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PrimeLife
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2012-11-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Usable privacy for digital transactions: Exploring the usability aspects of three privacy enhancing mechanisms
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Usable privacy for digital transactions: Exploring the usability aspects of three privacy enhancing mechanisms
2012 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The amount of personal identifiable information that people distribute over different online services has grown rapidly and considerably over the last decades. This has led to increased probabilities for identity theft, profiling and linkability attacks, which can in turn not only result in a threat to people’s personal dignity, finances, and many other aspects of their lives, but also to societies in general. Methods and tools for securing people’s online activities and protecting their privacy on the Internet, so called Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs), are being designed and developed. However, these technologies are often seen by ordinary users as complicated and disruptive of their primary tasks.

 

In this licentiate thesis, I investigate the usability aspects of three main privacy and security enhancing mechanisms. These mechanisms have the goal of helping and encouraging users to protect their privacy on the Internet as they engage in some of the steps necessary to complete a digital transaction. The three mechanisms, which have been investigated within the scope of different research projects, comprise of (1) graphical visualizations of service providers’ privacy policies and user-friendly management and matching of users’ privacy preferences “on the fly”, (2) methods for helping users create appropriate mental models of the data minimization property of anonymous credentials, and (3) employing touch-screen biometrics as a method to authenticate users into mobile devices and verify their identities during a digital transaction.

 

Results from these investigations suggest that these mechanisms can make digital transactions privacy-friendly and secure while at the same time delivering convenience and usability for ordinary users.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2012. 57 p.
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2012:45
Keyword
Privacy-Enhancing Technologies, usability, usable privacy, mental models, mobile devices, security, digital transactions, e-commerce, User Interfaces
National Category
Information Systems Human Computer Interaction Computer Science
Research subject
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-14832 (URN)978-91-7063-452-9 (ISBN)
Supervisors
Available from: 2012-11-14 Created: 2012-09-18 Last updated: 2012-11-16Bibliographically approved

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