Legal Compatibility as a Characteristic of Sociotechnical Systems -- Goals and Standardized Requirements

12 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2015

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Axel Hoffmann

University of Kassel

Thomas Schulz

University of Kassel - Interdisciplinary Research Center for Information System Design (ITeG)

Julia Zirfas

Independent

Holger Hoffmann

University of Kassel

Alexander Roßnagel

University of Kassel - Interdisciplinary Research Center for Information System Design (ITeG)

J. M. Leimeister

University of St. Gallen; University of Kassel - Information Systems

Date Written: September 1, 2015

Abstract

Legal compatibility as a characteristic of sociotechnical systems aims at the greatest possible compliance with higher-order legal goals for minimizing social risks of technical systems and extends legality, which refers to the prevention of lawlessness. The paper analyzes the criteria for legal compatibility by reviewing specifications of legally compatible systems and shows goals and resulting requirements to foster legal compatibility. These comprise the following areas: avoiding personal reference in data, ensuring information security, enabling freedom of decision, increasing transparency, ensuring traceability, and increasing usability, whereby traceability and the avoidance of personal reference pursue conflicting goals. The presentation of the goals including their dependencies, relationships, and conflicts in form of standardized requirements explains legal compatibility and summarizes the requirements necessary for the development of legally compatible systems.

Keywords: Legal compatibility, Requirements, Requirement patterns

Suggested Citation

Hoffmann, Axel and Schulz, Thomas and Zirfas, Julia and Hoffmann, Holger and Roßnagel, Alexander and Leimeister, Jan Marco, Legal Compatibility as a Characteristic of Sociotechnical Systems -- Goals and Standardized Requirements (September 1, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2654373 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2654373

Axel Hoffmann

University of Kassel ( email )

Fachbereich 05
Nora-Platiel-Straße 1
34109 Kassel, Hessen 34127
Germany

Thomas Schulz

University of Kassel - Interdisciplinary Research Center for Information System Design (ITeG) ( email )

Pfannkuchstraße 1
Kassel, 34121
Germany

Julia Zirfas

Independent ( email )

Holger Hoffmann

University of Kassel ( email )

Fachbereich 05
Nora-Platiel-Straße 1
34109 Kassel, Hessen 34127
Germany

Alexander Roßnagel

University of Kassel - Interdisciplinary Research Center for Information System Design (ITeG) ( email )

Pfannkuchstraße 1
Kassel, 34121
Germany

Jan Marco Leimeister (Contact Author)

University of St. Gallen ( email )

Varnbuelstr. 14
Saint Gallen, St. Gallen CH-9000
Switzerland

University of Kassel - Information Systems ( email )

Nora-Platiel 4
Kassel, 34127
Germany

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