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.
In Proceedings of UbiComp 2009
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.
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