Implications of an Ethic of Privacy for Human-Centered Systems Engineering
AI & Society 22(3), 385-403
22 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2017 Last revised: 12 Jan 2017
Date Written: January 1, 2008
Privacy remains an intractable ethical issue for the information society. Given its complicity, there is a moral obligation to redress privacy issues in systems engineering practice itself. This paper investigates the role the concept of privacy plays in contemporary systems engineering practice. Ontologically a nominalist human concept, privacy is considered from an appropriate engineering perspective: human-centered design. Two human-centered design standards are selected as exemplars of best practice, and are analysed using an existing multi-dimensional privacy model. The findings indicate that the human-centered standards are currently inadequate in dealing with privacy issues. Some implications for future practice are subsequently highlighted.
Keywords: Privacy, human-centred design, best practice, Q methodology, standards, systems engineering
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