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The digitally extended self: a lexicological analysis of personal data

The digitally extended self: a lexicological analysis of personal data
The digitally extended self: a lexicological analysis of personal data
Individual’s privacy, especially with regard to their personal data, is increasingly an area of concern as people interact with a wider and more pervasive set of digital services. Unfortunately, the terminology around personal data is used inconsistently, the concepts are unclear, and there is a poor understanding of their relationships. This is a challenge to those who need to discuss personal data in precise terms, for example legislators, academics, and service providers who seek informed consent from their users. In this paper, we present a lexicological analysis of the terms used to describe personal data, use this analysis to identify common concepts, and propose a model of the Digitally Extended Self that shows how these concepts of personal data fit together. We then validate the model against key publications and show in practice how it can be used to describe personal data in three scenarios. Our work shows that there is no clearly delineated kernel of personal data, but rather that there are layers of personal data, with different qualities, sources, and claims of ownership, that extend out from the individual and form the Digitally Extended Self.
digitally extended self, virtual self, digital persona, digital mosaic, digital footprint, personal data, categorisation, privacy, informed consent, Data Protection Act
0165-5515
552-565
Parkinson, Brian, Laurence
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Parkinson, Brian, Laurence, Millard, David, O'hara, Kieron and Giordano, Richard (2017) The digitally extended self: a lexicological analysis of personal data. Journal of Information Science, 44 (4), 552-565. (doi:10.1177/0165551517706233).

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Individual’s privacy, especially with regard to their personal data, is increasingly an area of concern as people interact with a wider and more pervasive set of digital services. Unfortunately, the terminology around personal data is used inconsistently, the concepts are unclear, and there is a poor understanding of their relationships. This is a challenge to those who need to discuss personal data in precise terms, for example legislators, academics, and service providers who seek informed consent from their users. In this paper, we present a lexicological analysis of the terms used to describe personal data, use this analysis to identify common concepts, and propose a model of the Digitally Extended Self that shows how these concepts of personal data fit together. We then validate the model against key publications and show in practice how it can be used to describe personal data in three scenarios. Our work shows that there is no clearly delineated kernel of personal data, but rather that there are layers of personal data, with different qualities, sources, and claims of ownership, that extend out from the individual and form the Digitally Extended Self.

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Accepted/In Press date: 30 March 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 10 May 2017
Keywords: digitally extended self, virtual self, digital persona, digital mosaic, digital footprint, personal data, categorisation, privacy, informed consent, Data Protection Act
Organisations: Web & Internet Science, Leadership & Health Systems, IAM, Electronics & Computer Science

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Local EPrints ID: 408555
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/408555
ISSN: 0165-5515
PURE UUID: 4235e0ed-7771-4249-b781-3b3a1e77331e
ORCID for Brian, Laurence Parkinson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7757-5684
ORCID for David Millard: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7512-2710
ORCID for Kieron O'hara: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9051-4456
ORCID for Richard Giordano: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2997-9502

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Date deposited: 23 May 2017 04:02
Last modified: 27 Mar 2019 05:01

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Author: David Millard ORCID iD
Author: Kieron O'hara ORCID iD

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