In-the-wild residual data research and privacy

Glisson, W. B., Storer, T. , Blyth, A., Grispos, G. and Campbell, M. (2016) In-the-wild residual data research and privacy. Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law, 11(1), pp. 77-98.

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As the world becomes increasingly dependent on technology, researchers endeavor to understand how technology is used, the impact it has on everyday life and the life-cycle and span of digital information. In doing so, researchers are increasingly gathering `real-world' or `in the wild' residual data, obtained from a variety of sources without the explicit consent of the original owners. This data gathering raises significant concerns regarding privacy, ethics and legislation, as well as practical considerations concerning investigator training, data storage, overall security and disposal. This paper surveys recent studies of residual data gathered in the wild and analyses the challenges that were faced. Taking these insights, the paper presents a compendium of practices for addressing the issues that arise in in the wild residual data research. The practices presented in this paper can be used to critique current projects and assess the feasibility of proposed future research.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Storer, Dr Tim and Glisson, Dr William
Authors: Glisson, W. B., Storer, T., Blyth, A., Grispos, G., and Campbell, M.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law
Publisher:Association for Digital Forensics, Security and Law
ISSN (Online):1558-7223
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 ADFSL
First Published:First published in Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law 11(1): 77-98
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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