Should I agree? Delegating consent decisions beyond the individual

Bettina Nissen, Victoria Neumann, Mateusz Mikusz, Rory Gianni, Sarah Clinch, Chris Speed, Nigel Davies

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Obtaining meaningful user consent is increasingly problematic in a world of numerous, heterogeneous digital services. Current approaches (e.g. agreeing to Terms and Conditions) are rooted in the idea of individual control despite growing evidence that users do not (or cannot) exercise such control in informed ways. We consider an alternative approach whereby users can opt to delegate consent decisions to an ecosystem of third-parties including friends, experts, groups and AI entities. We present the results of a study that used a technology probe at a large festival to explore initial public responses to this reframing -- focusing on when and to whom users would delegate such decisions. The results reveal substantial public interest in delegating consent and identify differing preferences depending on the privacy context, highlighting the need for alternative decision mechanisms beyond the current focus on individual choice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2019
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359702
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019


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