A privacy awareness system for software design

Omoronyia, I. , Etuk, U. and Inglis, P. (2019) A privacy awareness system for software design. International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, 29(10), pp. 1557-1604. (doi: 10.1142/S0218194019500499)

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There have been concerting policy and legal initiatives to mitigate the privacy harm resulting from badly designed software technology. But one main challenge to realizing these initiatives is the difficulty in translating proposed principles and regulations into concrete and verifiable evidence in technology. This is partly due to the lack of systematic techniques and tools to address privacy in the software design, hence making it difficult for the designer to measure disclosure risk in a more intuitive way, taking into account the privacy objective that matters to each end user. To bridge this gap, we propose a framework for verifying the satisfaction of user privacy objectives in software design. Our approach is based on the (un)awareness that users acquire when information is disclosed, as it relates to the communication properties of objects in a design. This property is used to determine the expected privacy utility that users will derive from the design for a specified privacy objective. We demonstrate through case studies how this approach can help designers determine which design decision undermines users’ privacy expectations and better design alternatives.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Inglis, Mr Peter and Omoronyia, Dr Inah and Etuk, Mr Ubong
Authors: Omoronyia, I., Etuk, U., and Inglis, P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering
Publisher:World Scientific Publishing
ISSN (Online):1793-6403
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering 29(10):1557-1604
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
307265Privacy Engineering for Software DesignersInah OmoronyiaInnovate UK (INNOVATE)105360/31556Computing Science
173194EPSRC- Institutional Sponsorship 2016 - University of GlasgowJonathan CooperEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/P51133X/1US - Vice Principal Research & Enterprise