Privacy Issues

The “Disappearing Computer (DC)” approach raises some fear among users because of the increased possibilities of being observed and of loosing control over private information, due to hidden functionality based on embedded invisible devices. This fear is certainly not entirely irrational, and the potential of DC indeed enables invasive capture of private data. On the other hand, as DC is devoted to collaborating with the user and supporting him, it needs to know things about the user. How can this be achieved without the user being put in embarrassing situations where personal data are disclosed to the wrong person, or used by others against his will? As privacy is a cultural notion, it may vary in time and space. The limit between privacy and isolation is not easy to define; as the right to be left alone competes with the right to be informed. To cover all these issues, we will provide a general framework for privacy design.

Download the European Disappearing Computer Privacy Design Guidelines (Version 1, November 2003, pdf-file, 190KB)

DC Jamboree 2003 (Saturday 22/11/2003)
Workshop B, 14:30 - 18:30hrs
Facing the privacy issues: Privacy Guidelines for DC (organized by Saadi Lahlou, Laboratory of Design for Cognition, EDF R&D, Paris, François Jegou, Dalt Brussels & Politecnico di Milano Marc Langheinrich, ETH Zürich)
(Download the "Open Day"-Schedule, pdf-file)