The CSI-COP project aims to investigate online tracking in websites and in apps. To help the team explore we have invited members of the public to volunteer as citizen scientists.
The CSI-COP project will investigate GDPR compliance to better understand how far we are being tracked-by-default as we use the Internet visiting websites and apps on our mobile devices. CSI-COP will engage citizen scientists to address the growing concerns in society around privacy issues, and the methods that attempt to ensure integrity in the collection and use of data.
Regardless of background, a community of CSI-COP citizen scientists will be recruited from across Europe and beyond. A series of free-to-attend workshops and a MOOC will be developed with training material to informally educate about GDPR. CSI-COP’s community of citizen scientists will be a) fully trained to explore cookies and apps for embedded trackers, b) supported throughout their research, CSI-COP citizen scientists will investigate cookies on websites they normally visit, and apps on smart devices they use daily, and c) encouraged to record and report to the CSI-COP consortium the number and types of trackers they uncover in cookies and apps.
CSI-COP’s well connected ten partner consortium made up of six universities, one non-profit, two SMEs and one Association will promote and support the citizen scientists as role models, with the university partners inviting them post-project as pro-privacy champions.
The unique findings on digital trackers uncovered by the citizen scientists will be systematically mapped by CSI-COP consortium producing a taxonomy of trackers. The tracker taxonomy will be used to create an online repository. The repository will be available as an open-access knowledge resource on trackers embedded in cookies and apps. The knowledge resource will be a tool useful for a variety of stakeholders including data protection researchers, GDPR compliance regulators, tech journalists, software developers, parents, teachers, higher education curriculum developers, and any organisation that provides computers for public use such as libraries.
- Development of New Knowledge and Innovations by Citizen Scientist
- Availability of Evaluation Data concerning the societal, democratic and economic costs and benefits of citizen science
- Impact on the Citizen Scientists
- Impact on Responsible Research and Innovation
- Impact on the science: GDPR compliance
- Impact on Society
- Screen time
- Staying safer online
- Upskilling the Public and Educators
- Improving pro-privacy development in higher education courses
- Consortium Partner’s website privacy compliance
- Reducing Barriers
- Gender, socio-economic and geographical factors
- CSI-COP gained recognition as the ‘Best Innovative Privacy Project’ in the inaugural Piccaso Privacy awards on 8 December 2022 in London. Other organisations in the same category included the UK data protection authority (ICO), Nokia, PwC, UK Cabinet Office. PICCASO Privacy Awards Winners Announced: Celebrating the Brightest and Best in Data Protection