Encountering SenseCam: Personal Recording Technologies in Everyday Life

David H. Nguyen, Gabriela Marcu, Gillian R. Hayes, Khai N. Truong, James Scott, Marc Langheinrich, and Christof Roduner


In this paper, we present a study of responses to the idea of

being recorded by a ubicomp recording technology called

SenseCam. This study focused on real-life situations in two

North American and two European locations. We present the

findings of this study and their implications, specifically how

those who might be recorded perceive and react to

SenseCam. We describe what system parameters, social

processes, and policies are required to meet the needs of both

the primary users and these secondary stakeholders and how

being situated within a particular locale can influence

responses. Our results indicate that people would tolerate

potential incursions from SenseCam for particular purposes.

Furthermore, they would typically prefer to be informed

about and to consent to recording as well as to grant

permission before any data is shared. These preferences,

however, are unlikely to instigate a request for deletion or

other action on their part. These results inform future design

of recording technologies like SenseCam and provide a

broader understanding of how ubicomp technologies might

be taken up across different cultural and political regions.


Publication typeInproceedings
Published inProceedings of UbiComp 2009
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc.
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