Citizen Scientists Investigating Cookies and App GDPR compliance
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires organisations to safeguard personal data and uphold the privacy rights of anyone in EU territory. Citizen scientists can play a valuable role in ensuring privacy getting a better understanding of what information is tracked online. The EU-funded CSI-COP project will mobilise citizen scientists from across Europe and beyond to investigate the different types of trackers in cookies and apps. The project will offer training material to informally instruct citizen scientists on the GDPR, aiming to produce a taxonomy of trackers that will subsequently be used to create an open-access repository.
Project website: http://csi-cop.eu/
Project page on CORDIS: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/873169
University of Oulu press release: https://www.oulu.fi/en/news/new-citizen-science-eu-funded-research-and-…
- Contents: CSI-COP’s project introduction. Update on the project at the end of its first year. Interview of CSI-COP Advisory Board member, Professor Darlene Cavalier. Open document in PDF format
- Contents: Updates on the project, including the availability of the free, online informal education course about ‘Your Right to Privacy Online‘. Open document in PDF format
- Contents: Interview on misinformation and fake news with Vian Bakir, Professor in Journalism. Project’s first real-time and free online course ‘Your Right to Privacy Online‘. Open document in PDF format
- Contents: Updates on recent and planned informal education workshops based on CSI-COP’s MOOC. Trivia in this edition shows a link between the citizen science project’s acronym and the prolific science fiction author, Isaac Asimov. Open document in PDF format
- Contents: Updates on consortium partner gathering in Patras, Greece, December 2021. Information on forthcoming free half-day informal education workshops, based on CSI-COP’s ‘Your Right to Privacy Online‘ course. Open document in PDF format
- Contents: Updates and partner activities. Fascinating interview of a citizen scientist, Alice Sheppard. Find out how citizen science participation boosts confidence and helps to advance science. Open document in PDF format
- Contents: Project purpose. Free Informal education ‘Your Right to Privacy Online’ course/MOOC. Partner updates. Big Cookie Count event. Project achievements, future events. Interview with Dr. Emma L. Briant, a researcher on Netflix documentary ‘The Great Hack’, CSI-COP partners. Open document in PDF format (Emma Briantin haastattelu suomeksi.)
CSI-COP’s free informal online course (MOOC, massive online open course) "Your right to privacy online" is available in several languages, including English and Finnish, at https://csi-cop.eu/informal-education-mooc/ The course can be taken online (currently in English only) or downloaded as a document (in: Catalan, Czech, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Romanian, and Spanish).
The Big Cookie Count: Kansalaistiede ja evästeet. UOULU delivered the workshop in Finnish and Italian.
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CSI-COP project team has been shortlisted in the inaugural Piccaso Privacy awards in the category of ‘Best Innovative Privacy Project’: https://www.piccasoprivacyawards.com/shortlist. Other organisations shortlisted in the same category include the Nokia, PwC, and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO, the UK data protection authority).
Olga Stepankova, Huma Shah, Deniz Özdemir, Robin L. Pierce, Yiannis Gialelis, Mária Hinsenkamp, Dorottya Rigler, Ulrico Celentano, Maayan Zhitomirsky-Geffet, Jordi Vallverdú, Nantia Lantavou, Mariana Evram, Ana Hriscu (2020) CSI-COP framework. H2020-SwafS-15-2018-2019 873169 CSI-COP project deliverable D2.3. 30 Sep. https://zenodo.org/record/4066515#.X4bFqPZuI2x
Mária Hinsenkamp, Dorottya Rigler, Olga Stepankova, Huma Shah, Yiannis Gialelis, Robin Pierce, Ulrico Celentano, Maayan Zhitomirsky-Geffet, Jordi Vallverdú, Deniz Özdemir (2020) Guidelines for diverse citizen science recruitment. H2020-SwafS-15-2018-2019 873169 CSI-COP project deliverable D2.2. 30 Jun. Keywords: app, citizen science, data privacy, demographic data, digital divide, diversity, equality, European Union, gender, information society, Internet access, Internet usage, social participation, socio-economic factors, voluntary activities. https://zenodo.org/record/3923820#.XwMBHShKjIU
Tiberius Ignat, Olga Stepankova, Huma Shah, Ulrico Celentano, Maayan Zhitormsky-Geffet, Yiannis Gialelis, Robin Pierce, Jordi Vallverdú, Damla Bal, Sanja Persic, Julia Bencze, Daniel Wyler, Deniz Özdemir (2020) CS research report - Public report on current methods in CS engagement. H2020-SwafS-15-2018-2019 873169 CSI-COP project deliverable D2.1. 30 Apr. Keywords: citizen science, cookies, data collection, dark patterns, data protection, data protection laws, digital divide, ePrivacy, GDPR, gender, geographical location, motivation, privacy, privacy-by-default, privacy-by-design, socio-economic factors, tracking. https://zenodo.org/record/3899478#.X4bGzfZuI2w
International citizen scientists WP4 investigations on cookies: DOI:10.5281/zenodo.7472957
International citizen scientists WP4 investigations on apps: DOI:10.5281/zenodo.7472879