Obstacles to Transparency in Privacy Engineering

Kiel Brennan-Marquez, Daniel Susser

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Abstract

Transparency is widely recognized as indispensable to privacy protection. However, producing transparency for end-users is often antithetical to a variety of other technical, business, and regulatory interests. These conflicts create obstacles which stand in the way of developing tools which provide meaningful privacy protections or from having such tools adopted in widespread fashion. In this paper, we develop a «map» of these common obstacles to transparency, in order to assist privacy engineers in successfully navigating them. Furthermore, we argue that some of these obstacles can be successfully avoided by distinguishing between two different nonceptions of transparency and considering which is at stake in a given case-transparency as providing users with insight into what information about them is collected and how it is processed (what we call transparency as a «view under-the-hood») and transparency as providing users with facility in navigating the risks and benefits of using particular technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops, SPW 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages49-52
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781509008247
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016
Event2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops, SPW 2016 - San Jose, United States
Duration: May 23 2016May 25 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops, SPW 2016

Other

Other2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops, SPW 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period5/23/165/25/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence

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