Next Article in Journal
Synthesis and Gas Sensing Properties of Single La-Doped SnO2 Nanobelts
Next Article in Special Issue
Creating TUIs Using RFID Sensors—A Case Study Based on the Literacy Process of Children with Down Syndrome
Previous Article in Journal / Special Issue
From Ambient Sensing to IoT-based Context Computing: An Open Framework for End to End QoC Management
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle

Fair Trade Metaphor as a Control Privacy Method for Pervasive Environments: Concepts and Evaluation

Instituto Tecnológico Superior Zacatecas Norte, Río Grande (Zac) 98400, Mexico
Instituto de Ingeniería del Conocimiento, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid 28049, Spain
Escuela Politécnica Superior, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, C. Francisco Tomás y Valiente. 11, Madrid 28049, Spain
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Jesús Fontecha
Sensors 2015, 15(6), 14207-14229;
Received: 27 April 2015 / Accepted: 4 June 2015 / Published: 16 June 2015
PDF [4875 KB, uploaded 16 June 2015]


This paper presents a proof of concept from which the metaphor of “fair trade” is validated as an alternative to manage the private information of users. Our privacy solution deals with user’s privacy as a tradable good for obtaining environmental services. Thus, users gain access to more valuable services as they share more personal information. This strategy, combined with optimistic access control and transaction registry mechanisms, enhances users’ confidence in the system while encouraging them to share their information, with the consequent benefit for the community. The study results are promising considering the user responses regarding the usefulness, ease of use, information classification and perception of control with the mechanisms proposed by the metaphor. View Full-Text
Keywords: fair trade metaphor; privacy management; ambient intelligence fair trade metaphor; privacy management; ambient intelligence
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Esquivel, A.; Haya, P.; Alamán, X. Fair Trade Metaphor as a Control Privacy Method for Pervasive Environments: Concepts and Evaluation. Sensors 2015, 15, 14207-14229.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Sensors EISSN 1424-8220 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top