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Insights into Internet Privacy for Visually Impaired and Blind People

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Tracking blockers protect from and inform about hidden trackers and services that collect data in the background while the user is surfing the web. However, existing tracking blockers provide information and feedback visually and thus are barely accessible for visually impaired and blind users. In this paper we present insights about privacy concerns of visually impaired Internet users. Moreover we present feedback strategies and guidelines for an accessible tracking blocker developed in a user centered design process. The underlying feedback principles and guidelines can be used for the design of Privacy Enhancing Technology in other domains, and therefore serve as reference for designers and developers.


  • Internet privacy
  • Visually impaired
  • Tracking blocker
  • Feedback
  • Design guidelines

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We would like to thank the Hilfsgemeinschaft (Austrian Association in Support of the Blind and Visually Impaired) for their support. This work has been partly funded within the project BlindFaith funded by the Internet Foundation Austria in the 9th netidee call and within BlindBits, a project conducted in the program Sparkling Science funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.

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Regal, G., Mattheiss, E., Busch, M., Tscheligi, M. (2016). Insights into Internet Privacy for Visually Impaired and Blind People. In: Miesenberger, K., Bühler, C., Penaz, P. (eds) Computers Helping People with Special Needs. ICCHP 2016. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 9758. Springer, Cham.

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