User privacy attitudes regarding proximity sensing

Håkan Jonsson, Carl Olsson

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User attitudes on privacy with respect to location data has been extensively studied. However, user attitudes of privacy in relation to proximity sensing is still lacking. We present the results from a survey conducted on users of a proximity sensing application we developed and diffused by handing out phones with the proximity sensing application pre-installed, with 31 respondents. The results compare this type of application to location sensing in general, as well as positions our respondents in relation to previous studies in terms of general privacy policies. Four results stand out in particular: One, our respondents are more aware of and care about privacy policies than in previous studies. Two, trust is reported as being based more on the specific data access asked for, than EULA or similar text based policies. Third, the respondents are willing to allowing having proximity data about them sensed, as long as they are in control of who can sense it. Finally, our results indicate that there is no perceived difference in sensitivity between location and proximity sensing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6448-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-6448-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug
Event13th International ARES Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 2018 Aug 272018 Aug 30


Conference13th International ARES Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Other Computer and Information Science


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