Implementing Ethics for a Mobile App Deployment

Rooksby, J., Asadzadeh, P., Morrison, A., McCallum, C., Gray, C. and Chalmers, M. (2016) Implementing Ethics for a Mobile App Deployment. In: OzCHI 2016, The 28th Australian Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Tasmania, Australia, 29 Nov - 02 Dec 2016, ISBN 9781450346184 (doi: 10.1145/3010915.3010919)

130759.pdf - Accepted Version



This paper discusses the ethical dimensions of a research project in which we deployed a personal tracking app on the Apple App Store and collected data from users with whom we had little or no direct contact. We describe the in-app functionality we created for supporting consent and withdrawal, our approach to privacy, our navigation of a formal ethical review, and navigation of the Apple approval process. We highlight two key issues for deployment-based research. Firstly, that it involves addressing multiple, sometimes conflicting ethical principles and guidelines. Secondly, that research ethics are not readily separable from design, but the two are enmeshed. As such, we argue that in-action and situational perspectives on research ethics are relevant to deployment-based research, even where the technology is relatively mundane. We also argue that it is desirable to produce and share relevant design knowledge and embed in-action and situational approaches in design activities.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gray, Professor Cindy and Morrison, Dr Alistair and Rooksby, Dr John and Chalmers, Professor Matthew and Asadzadeh Birjandi, Dr Parvin
Authors: Rooksby, J., Asadzadeh, P., Morrison, A., McCallum, C., Gray, C., and Chalmers, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Public Health
College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 ACM
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record

Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
566711A population approach to ubicomp system designMatthew ChalmersEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/J007617/1COM - COMPUTING SCIENCE