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This technical report is intended to help CENS urban sensing researchers incorporate participation and respect privacy while conducting research about people. The goal is to provide a framework by which to assess an appropriate level of participation and meaningful policy and technical responses to privacy concerns. By keeping in mind the five guidelines outlined here, system developers can respond to participant needs and balance the benefits of data gathering with individual and group privacy.

The Introduction defines and describes participatory privacy regulation: the approach to privacy design taken at CENS. Sections I-V provide descriptions and planning tools for each of the five parts of participatory privacy regulation:
I. Participant Primacy
II. Participatory Design
III. Participant Autonomy
IV. Minimal and Auditable Data
V. Synergy Between Policy and Technology

The first three guidelines summarize principles for working with campaign participants and technology consumers. The last two guidelines summarize principles for working with systems and data. Section VI provides information important to any research project involving human subjects, including details on documenting campaigns, gaining informed consent, and working with UCLA’s Internal Review Board (IRB).

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Funding for this project comes from the National Science Foundation through grant number 0832873.

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