Adams, Anne, Cunningham, Sally Jo & Masoodian, Masood. (2007). Sharing, privacy and trust issues for photo collections. (Working paper series. University of Waikato, Department of Computer Science. No. 01/2007). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato.
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Digital libraries are quickly being adopted by the masses. Technological developments now allow community groups, clubs, and even ordinary individuals to create their own, publicly accessible collections. However, users may not be fully aware of the potential privacy implications of submitting their documents to a digital library, and may hold misconceptions of the technological support for preserving their privacy. We present results from 18 autoethnographic investigations and 19 observations / interviews into privacy issues that arise when people make their personal photo collections available online. The Adams' privacy model is used to discuss the findings according to information receiver, information sensitivity, and information usage. Further issues of trust and ad hoc poorly supported protection strategies are presented. Ultimately while photographic data is potentially highly sensitive, the privacy risks are often hidden and the protection mechanisms are limited.
Department of Computer Science 01/2007
University of Waikato