Digital devices are becoming more sophisticated. A mobile phone can measure position and movement, as well as what the phone is being used for. Many people wear sensors for heart rate, sleeping patterns, and physical activity. And fixed sensors in houses can be plugged in to measure sound and energy use. Using such sensors effectively could reduce the need for questionnaires and interviews, providing potentially more accurate reporting.
However, the availability of such sensors and the data they can produce raises important ethical questions. This session will review the use of sensors in social research and the related ethical issues.