New Research: "Privacy Threats in Intimate Relationships"
I just published a new paper with Karen Levy of Cornell: “Privacy Threats in Intimate Relationships.”
Abstract: This article provides an overview of intimate threats: a class of privacy threats that can arise within our families, romantic partnerships, close friendships, and caregiving relationships. Many common assumptions about privacy are upended in the context of these relationships, and many otherwise effective protective measures fail when applied to intimate threats. Those closest to us know the answers to our secret questions, have access to our devices, and can exercise coercive power over us. We survey a range of intimate relationships and describe their common features. Based on these features, we explore implications for both technical privacy design and policy, and offer design recommendations for ameliorating intimate privacy risks.
This is an important issue that has gotten much too little attention in the cybersecurity community.