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Title: Privacy policy-based framework for privacy disambiguation in distributed systems
Author: Alhalafi, Dhafer
ISNI:       0000 0004 5915 4338
Awarding Body: De Montfort University
Current Institution: De Montfort University
Date of Award: 2015
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With an increase in the pervasiveness of distributed systems, now and into the future, there will be an increasing concern for the privacy of users in a world where almost everyone will be connected to the internet through numerous devices. Current ways of considering privacy in distributed system development are based on the idea of protecting personally-identifiable information such as name and national insurance number, however, with the abundance of distributed systems it is becoming easier to identify people through information that is not personally-identifiable, thus increasing privacy concerns. As a result ideas about privacy have changed and should be reconsidered towards the development of distributed systems. This requires a new way to conceptualise privacy. In spite of active effort on handling the privacy and security worries throughout the initial periods of plan of distributed systems, there has not been much work on creating a reliable and meaningful contribution towards stipulating and scheming a privacy policy framework. Beside developing and fully understanding how the earliest stage of this work is been carried out, the procedure for privacy policy development risks marginalising stakeholders, and therefore defeating the object of what such policies are designed to do. The study proposes a new Privacy Policy Framework (PPF) which is based on a combination of a new method for disambiguating the meaning of privacy from users, owners and developers of distributed systems with distributed system architecture and technical considerations. Towards development of the PPF semi-structured interviews and questionnaires were conducted to determine the current situation regards privacy policy and technical considerations, these methods were also employed to demonstrate the application and evaluation of the PPF itself. The study contributes a new understanding and approach to the consideration of privacy in distributed systems and a practical approach to achieving user privacy and privacy disambiguation through the development of a privacy button concept.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Privacy Policy ; Privacy Disambiguation ; Distributed System and Privacy Button