Privacy Nudging in Search: Investigating Potential Impacts

Concerns around individual’s privacy is a regular topic in the media. In 2019, HRBDT’s PhD student Steven Zimmerman published two studies that consider methods to address this problem. His studies investigated Nudging (a cognitive approach intended to produce better outcomes for individuals and society) in Internet search, with results demonstrating that Internet searchers can still find credible information and simultaneously reduce the amount of data shared with 3rd parties. Steven’s findings were published in March at CHIIR in Glasgow and in July at SIGIR in Paris, the main conferences for human interaction and information retrieval. The CHIIR paper can be found here and the SIGIR Paper can be found here.