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Latest issues in digital privacy identity and data protection debated by Southampton researchers

Published: 27 November 2014
Researchers debate

Researchers from the University of Southampton recently gathered for a special day dedicated to discussing digital challenges surrounding the collection, use and management of personal data.

The day was organised by PhD researchers, Alison Knight and Richard Gomer, from the Southampton Law School’s Institute of Law and the Web (ILAWS) and the Web Science Centre of Doctoral Training (CDT), which sponsored the event. Participants came from a wide range of disciplines around the University, as well as from Ordnance Survey, with a shared interest in this area.

Dr Clare Hooper presenting

The day began with short presentations on on-going research projects at the University including: exploring narratives around online tracking and cookies; the extent to which existent online privacy policies affect individual behaviour; the use of linguistic analysis to identify cybercriminals; the ethics of online participation; and, the challenges for organisations linking data with people.

It continued with more in depth discussions of research questions in areas such as intrusions into online privacy, the changing roles of internet service providers, digital identity, data ownership and trust.

“ILAWS and the Web Science CDT are each home to more than a dozen postgraduate researchers who are exploring many key topics in this field and interest from new students is growing,” explains Alison. “Southampton is a respected centre of excellence for work related to these extremely important issues and a leading research hub. Due to the success of the event, we hope to organise another day on this theme in Spring 2015.”

For further information, please contact Alison at A.M.Knight@soton.ac.uk.

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