User-centric Privacy: Designing Effective Privacy Protections That Meet Users' Needs

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 10:07 am10:30 am

Florian Schaub, University of Michigan


Privacy engineering aims to respect and protect users' privacy. User studies provide insights on users' privacy needs, concerns, and expectations, which are essential to understand what a system's actual privacy issues are from a user perspective. Drawing on the speaker's research on privacy notices and controls online, on smartphones and in the context of smartspeakers, this talk discusses how and why privacy controls are often misaligned with user needs, and how user studies can inform the design of user-centric privacy protections that more effectively meet users' needs as well as benefit companies.

Florian Schaub, University of Michigan

Florian Schaub is Assistant Professor of Information and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. Dr. Schaub’s research focuses on investigating and supporting people’s privacy and security behavior and decision making in complex socio-technological systems. His research interests span privacy, human-computer interaction, and emergent technologies, such as the Internet of Things. Dr. Schaub received his doctoral degree in Computer Science from the University of Ulm, Germany, and was a postdoctoral fellow in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science.

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@inproceedings {238164,
author = {Florian Schaub},
title = {User-centric Privacy: Designing Effective Privacy Protections That Meet Users{\textquoteright} Needs},
booktitle = {2019 {USENIX} Conference on Privacy Engineering Practice and Respect ({PEPR} 19)},
year = {2019},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = aug