Judith Rauhofer discusses online privacy protection strategies with BBC Scotland

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Period29 Nov 2014

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Media contributions

  • TitleGood Morning Scotland interview
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletBBC Radio Scotland
    Media typeRadio
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionJudith Rauhofer, Lecturer in IT Law, was interviewed by the programme on BBC Scotland Radio last week.During the interview Judith discussed current issues facing digital users through the collection of personal data carried out by online services and sites through technology such as cookies.Judith presented three potential problems with this kind of data collection for the user:1. Manipulation of the user caused by one party in the relationship knowing more about the other.2. Price or service discrimination to other online services/companies, caused by data knowledge allowing certain services to offer users reduced price services.3. Narrowing of the user’s world-view by sites displaying information on a user’s individual view of the site, that has been shown to be of interest to the user, such as on the Facebook timeline.Judith concluded the interview by suggesting some strategies for users to reduce their risk of harm through online data collection, including avoidance and minimisation of data they provide on online forms.
    PersonsJudith Rauhofer