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S. Barth PhD (Susanne)

Researcher

About Me

Susanne obtained her master’s degree in Communication Science with specialization on marketing and a second master’s degree in Psychology with specialization on human factors and media psychology (‘cum laude’) at the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, in 2013. Before working as a lecturer at the University of Twente, Susanne has worked several years at a correspondence office in Milan (Italy). Further, she was working as an editor-in-chief for a corporate publishing magazine in Munich (Germany).

From 2013 on, Susanne has been working as a lecturer at the department of Communication Science, CS-CMC. On September 2015, she started with her PhD-project (SERIOUS project). The project is a collaboration between the EEMCS faculty, Services and CyberSecurity group and the BMS faculty, Research Group Communication Science, funded by NWO and conducted in collaboration with TNO, WODC and Centric. Susanne received the Ph.D. degree in Communication Science (‘cum laude’) from the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, in 2021.

Currently, Susanne Barth works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Services and CyberSecurity Group, faculty of EEMCS at the University of Twente. Her research focuses on online privacy in general, user perception of online privacy and stakeholder engagement in the development of practical privacy protection measures. Her goal is to make the data handling practices of online services more transparent in order to move towards a balanced relationship between users and online services.

 

Expertise

Literature
Privacy Concerns
Experiment
Teaching
Students
Privacy
Human Engineering
Experiments
Computer Science
Student
Teaching
Application Programs
Social Sciences
Communication
Literacy
Empirical Research
Computer Science
Decision Making
Social Science
Online Privacy

Research

The SERIOUS project aims to research the security and privacy requirements of serious apps. A serious application is used for serious business, such as tele-treatment or local government issues. Recent research has shown that end-users encounter difficulties in managing their security and privacy risks.

The aim of this project is to support and empower end-users in managing security and privacy risks of serious apps by means of a software. Currently, several frameworks exist that evaluate and solve security and privacy risks of online services. However, these frameworks only solve a limited amount of risks and most do not aid the user in making well-informed privacy decisions.

The SERIOUS Project has produced extensive research into online privacy and produced a proof of concept privacy visualization tool, called the “Privacy Rating”: www.privacyrating.info

The privacy rating shows how service providers (e.g., online shops or social networks) rank on a scale from A to G based to how they treat customer data. We believe that Privacy Rating’s standardized, easily understandable visualizations are crucial to putting users in control of their data. Even the GDPR mandates this, but no suitable visualization has yet been proposed. At the same time, it supplies service  providers with free, easy to use tooling in order to assess their service and produce a tailored privacy label to display online. This enables them to be transparent about how they treat customers’ data, while also highlighting opportunities for improvement, encouraging them to invest in services that ensure protection of customers’ privacy.

Check out our promo video about the Privacy Rating https://privacyrating.info/INTRO.mp4

This project is funded by NWO in the context of cyber security research (grant number: 628.001.011).

Publications

Other Contributions

Barth, S., Hartel, P., Junger, M., & Montoya, L. (in press). Teaching empirical social science research to cyber security students. The case of "Thinking like a thief". IEEE Security & Privacy.

Barth, S., & de Jong, M. D. T. (2017). The privacy paradox – Investigating discrepancies between expressed privacy concerns and actual online behavior – A systematic literature review. Telematics & Informatics, 34(7), 1038-1058. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2017.04.013

De Jong, M. D. T., Harkink, K. M., & Barth, S. (2017). Making green stuff? Effects of corporate greenwashing on consumers. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 1-36.

Kegel, R. H. P., Barth S., Klaassen, R., & Wieringa, R. J. (19 Jun 2017). Computer Literacy Systematic Literature Review Method. Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT). 4 p. (CTIT Technical Report Series; no. TR-CTIT-17-05).

Barth, S., & de Jong, M. D. T. (2017). The privacy paradox – A systematic literature review. Presented at the Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap, 2017, Tilburg.

Barth, S. (2017). The privacy paradox - theoretical and practical implications. Presented at The International Internet of Things Day, 2017, Rotterdam.

Carvajal Gallardo, I., & Barth, S. (2015). Security requirements for serious apps. Pitch. Presented at the NCSRA symposium NWO, 2015, Den Haag.

Jansen, M. G. M., Jansma, S. R., Barth, S., & de Jong, M. D. T. (2015). Push or match? Een vergelijking van informatiebehoefte van burgers en aangeboden informatie van partijen en media. Presented at Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap, 2015, Antwerp.

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Projects

The SERIOUS project aims to research the security and privacy requirements of serious apps. A serious application is used for serious business, such as tele-treatment or local government issues. Recent research has shown that end-users encounter difficulties in managing their security and privacy risks.

Current Projects

Media

May 16, 2017, Computer Idee 2017-11 Uitsmijter Susanne Barth - Een kijkwijzer voor apps

September, 25, 2019, Privacyweb - Blog - Wat is privacy waard?

In the press

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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