Privacy context model for dynamic privacy adaptation in ubiquitous computing

Florian Schaub, Bastian Koenings, Stefan Dietzel, M. Weber, Frank Kargl

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    Ubiquitous computing is characterized by the merger of physical and virtual worlds as physical artifacts gain digital sensing, processing, and communication capabilities. Maintaining an appropriate level of privacy in the face of such complex and often highly dynamic systems is challenging. We argue that context awareness not only enables novel UbiComp applications but can also support dynamic regulation and configuration of privacy mechanisms. We propose a higher level context model that abstracts from low level details and contains only privacy relevant context features. Context changes in our model can trigger reconfiguration of privacy mechanisms or facilitate context-specific privacy recommendations to the user. Based on our model, we analyze potential privacy implications of context changes and discuss how these results could inform actual reconfiguration of privacy mechanisms.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2012 ACM Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2012, CASEMANS 2012 Workshop
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1224-0
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012
    EventACM Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2012, CASEMANS 2012 Workshop - Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Duration: 8 Sept 20128 Sept 2012

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    WorkshopACM Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2012, CASEMANS 2012 Workshop
    Other8 September 2012


    • SCS-Cybersecurity
    • privacy impact assessment
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/269994
    • EWI-22875
    • Context awareness
    • IR-83505
    • Privacy
    • Pervasive computing
    • Personalization
    • METIS-293306
    • Ubiquitous Computing

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