New paper on a contextual integrity perspective of COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates with Shikun Zhang (CMU), Yuanyuan Feng (UVN), Helen Nissenbaum (DLI, Cornell Tech), Norman Sadeh (CMU)
We present an empirical study exploring how privacy influences the acceptance of vaccination certificate (VC) deployments across different realistic usage scenarios. The study employed the privacy framework of Contextual Integrity, which has been shown to be particularly effective in capturing people's privacy expectations across different contexts. We use a vignette methodology, where we selectively manipulate salient contextual parameters to learn whether and how they affect people's attitudes towards VCs. We surveyed 890 participants from a demographically-stratified sample of the US population to gauge the acceptance and overall attitudes towards possible VC deployments to enforce vaccination mandates and the different information flows VCs might entail. Analysis of results collected as part of this study is used to derive general normative observations about different possible VC practices and to provide guidance for the possible deployments of VCs in different contexts.
The paper will appear in the proceeding of the ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (ACM FAccT)