Ethical Use of Lifelogging Data for Research: Perceived Value and Privacy Concerns of Wearable Camera Users

Nordic Journal of Information Science and Culture Communication, 6(1)

20 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2017  

Ayoung Yoon

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - Department of Library and Information Science

Kyle M. L. Jones

Indiana University-Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Lydia Spotts

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - Department of Library and Information Science

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Video data generated from wearable cameras is now available online, as the concept of “lifelogging” has been introduced to many citizens due to the spread of wearable camera equipment. Usually, these wearable cameras automatically capture images or record videos from a first-person point of view; they collect a new form of information that cannot be captured through other means. Citizen data Harvest in Motion Everywhere (CHIME) project pays close attention to the value of this new type of resource, particularly regarding the video data that cyclists record using wearable cameras over a long period of time. These contextually rich data capture community members’ infrastructure experiences and interactions with other transit modes, as well as environmental changes. If curated and made publicly accessible, there is great potential for various stakeholders, including public historians, researchers, city planners, and citizens, to use the data. However, making these videos open to the public and to researchers raises ethics issues, as the data include sensitive, location-based information that may intrude into private lives. Additionally, the videos include the accidental collection of data from secondary participants (bystanders). In this paper, we will describe the potential value of citizen-generated video data using the CHIME project example and discuss the privacy and ethical considerations related to the use of this type of data for scientific and citizen research.

Keywords: lifelogging data, data reuse, ethics, value of data

Suggested Citation

Yoon, Ayoung and Jones, Kyle M. L. and Spotts, Lydia, Ethical Use of Lifelogging Data for Research: Perceived Value and Privacy Concerns of Wearable Camera Users (2017). Nordic Journal of Information Science and Culture Communication, 6(1). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3070724

Ayoung Yoon (Contact Author)

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - Department of Library and Information Science ( email )

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Kyle Jones

Indiana University-Indianapolis (IUPUI) ( email )

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Lydia Spotts

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - Department of Library and Information Science ( email )

1309 E. 10th St.
Indianapolis, IN 47405
United States

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