The Internet of Things provides household device users with an ability to connect and manage numerous devices over a common platform. However, the sheer number of possible privacy settings creates issues such as choice overload. This article outlines a data-driven approach to understand how users make privacy decisions in household IoT scenarios. We demonstrate that users are not just influenced by the specifics of the IoT scenario, but also by aspects immaterial to the decision, such as the default setting and its framing.
Exploring Defaults and Framing effects on Privacy Decision Making in Smarthomes
Research has shown that privacy decisions are affected by heuristic influences such as default settings and framing, and such effects are likely also present in smarthome privacy de- cisions. In this paper we pose the challenge question: How exactly do defaults and framing influence smarthome users’ privacy decisions? We conduct a large-scale scenario-based study with a mixed fractional factorial design, and use sta- tistical analysis and machine learning to investigate these effects. We discuss the implications of our findings for the designers of smarthome privacy-setting interfaces.
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- Proceedings of the SOUPS 2018 Workshop on the Human aspects of Smarthome Security and Privacy (WSSP)
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