Data privacy: users’ thoughts on Quantified Self personal data.

Spiller, Keith and Ball, Kirstie and Bandara, Arosha and Meadows, Maureen and McCormick, Ciaran and Price, Blaine A. and Nuseibeh, Bashar (2017) Data privacy: users’ thoughts on Quantified Self personal data. In: A Measured Life: Reflections on Self-tracking and the Quantified Self. Pivot.

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The quantification of personal activities is enjoying unprecedented levels of engagement. Indeed, the logging of personal data has been shown to offer many benefits for those wanting to, for example, get fitter, get stronger or get to know themselves better. In this chapter, we concentrate on the privacy values attributed to Quantified-Self (QS) data. Using evidence taken from research interviews, the chapter reviews privacy in relation to personal data and offers an empirical perspective on how QS users view and value the data they collect, and often display publically, as well as their attitudes toward the handling of their data by QS manufacturers. We question appreciations of privacy in QS data and with this in mind the chapter proceeds by giving a brief overview of the academic attention QS has stimulated. We then offer some methodological insights on the findings that inform the chapter, before discussing our findings in more detail. Finally, we provide some points of discussion focusing on privacy understandings of QS users.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-02 - sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Keith Spiller
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2018 15:34
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:55

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