Long-term effects of ubiquitous surveillance in the home

Antti Oulasvirta1,2
Aurora Pihlajamaa1
Jukka Perkiö1
Debarshi Ray1
Taneli Vähäkangas1
Tero Hasu1
Niklas Vainio1
Petri Myllymäki1

1 Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT,
University of Helsinki and Aalto University
2 Max Planck Institute for Informatics


The Helsinki Privacy Experiment is a study of the long-term effects of ubiquitous surveillance in homes. Ten volunteering households were instrumented with video cameras with microphones, and computer, wireless network, smartphone, TV, DVD, and customer card use was logged. We report on stress, anxiety, concerns, and privacy-seeking behavior after six months. The data provide first insight into the privacy-invading character of ubiquitous surveillance in the home and explain how people can gradually become accustomed to surveillance even if they oppose it.


author = "Antti Oulasvirta and Aurora Pihlajamaa and
          Jukka Perki{\"o} and Debarshi Ray and
          Taneli V{\"a}h{\"a}kangas and Tero Hasu and
          Niklas Vainio and Petri Myllym{\"a}ki",
title = "Long-term effects of ubiquitous surveillance in the home",
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on
             Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2012)},
address = {Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania},
month = Sep,
year = 2012}

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Ubicomp 2012