Designing a Privacy Management Tool: Progressive Human-Computer Interaction Based Privacy Research with Organizational Users

Usability has been identified as a major challenge to moving the results of security and privacy research to use in real systems [15]. One reason seems to be that there has been only limited research into how to make complex security and privacy functionality understandable to those who must use it. The research reported here describes our efforts to design a system which facilitates privacy policy authoring, implementation, and compliance monitoring. We employed a variety of user-centered design methods with 109 users across the five steps of the research reported here. The majority of these users are organizational privacy professionals. This case study highlights the work of identifying organizational privacy requirements, iteratively designing and validating a prototype with users, and conducting laboratory tests to guide specific design decisions for flexible privacy enabling technologies. Each of the five steps in our work is identified and described, with a particular emphasis on the motivation for each step and the user-centered methods employed. Recommendations for extending this work into the security arena are included.

By: Carolyn Brodie; John Karat; Clare-Marie N. Karat

Published in: RC23495 in 2005


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