Dynamic Privacy Management in Pervasive Sensor Networks

  • Nan-Wei Gong
  • Mathew Laibowitz
  • Joseph A. Paradiso
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6439)


This paper describes the design and implementation of a dynamic privacy management system aimed at enabling tangible privacy control and feedback in a pervasive sensor network. Our work began with the development of a potentially invasive sensor network (with high resolution video, audio, and motion tracking capabilities) featuring different interactive applications that created incentive for accepting this network as an extension of people’s daily social space. A user study was then conducted to evaluate several privacy management approaches – an active badge system for both online and on-site control, on/off power switches for physically disabling the hardware, and touch screen input control. Results from a user study indicated that an active badge for on-site privacy control is the most preferable method among all provided options. We present a set of results that yield insight into the privacy/benefit tradeoff from various sensing capabilities in pervasive sensor networks and how privacy settings and user behavior relate in these environments.


dynamic privacy management ubiquitous computing active badge system pervasive sensor networks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nan-Wei Gong
    • 1
  • Mathew Laibowitz
    • 1
  • Joseph A. Paradiso
    • 1
  1. 1.Responsive Environments GroupMIT Media LaboratoryCambridgeUSA

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