• Risk and Regulation of Access to Personal Data on Online Social Networking Services in the UK

    Author(s):
    David Haynes (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    CityLIS, Library & Information Science
    Subject(s):
    Digital humanities, Digital media, Library and information science, Privacy
    Item Type:
    Thesis
    Institution:
    City University of London
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6VD1D
    Abstract:
    This research investigates the relative effectiveness of different modes of regulation of access to personal data on social networking services in the UK. A review of the literature demonstrated that there was a gap in research comparing different regulatory modes applied to online social networking services (SNSs). A model of regulation was developed based on Lessig’s four modes of regulating the internet. Risk to individual users was selected as a way of testing different regulatory approaches, using the premise that risk-based regulation has become a key consideration in European regulation. The regulatory effects were tested using: online surveys, interviews with industry experts, content analysis of privacy policies, and a legislative review. The research data are appended to the main body of the thesis. The research demonstrated the potential of risk as a means of distinguishing between different regulatory modes and concluded that a combination of regulatory approaches was the most effective way of protecting individuals against abuse of personal data on online SNSs. Further research suggested includes: looking at risk from the perspective of companies, and of society; further development of the regulatory model; and country comparisons to discover whether the findings of this study are more generally applicable.
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    Last Updated:
    3 years ago
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