Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 1097–1110 | Cite as

Agreeing in Ignorance: Mapping the Routinisation of Consent in ICT-Services

  • Thomas PlougEmail author
  • Søren Holm
Original Paper


Many ICT services require that users explicitly consent to conditions of use and policies for the protection of personal information. This consent may become ‘routinised’. We define the concept of routinisation and investigate to what extent routinisation occurs as well as the factors influencing routinisation in a survey study of internet use. We show that routinisation is common and that it is influenced by factors including gender, age, educational level and average daily internet use. We further explore the reasons users provide for not reading conditions and policies and show that they can be grouped in meaningful ways that may delineate different types of routinsation.


Autonomy ICT Informed consent Routinisation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication, Centre for Applied Ethics and Philosophy of ScienceAalborg University CopenhagenCopenhagen SVDenmark
  2. 2.Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, School of LawUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  3. 3.Faculty of Medicine, Center for Medical EthicsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  4. 4.Centre for Applied EthicsAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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