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Stewardship of personal data on social networking sites

Angelopoulos, Spyros; Brown, Michael; McAuley, Derek; Merali, Yasmin; Mortier, Richard; Price, Dominic


Spyros Angelopoulos

Michael Brown

Derek McAuley

Richard Mortier

Dominic Price


The extant Information Management literature highlights the asymmetric distribution of power between users and online platforms, while the issues related to the stewardship of personal data on such platforms remain problematic and largely unresolved. To address that lacuna, we propose a conceptual design that can help to overcome many of the challenges related to storage, analysis, and integrity associated with the stewardship of personal data on online platforms. We adopt a systemic perspective and propose a shift from the current userplatform relationship to one in which users control the level of access to their data, organisations are relieved from the burden of maintaining personal data, and the data are not decoupled from information about their provenance and context of origin. We apply our conceptual design to the context of social networking sites, where we specifically address issues related to privacy, and identity and pave the path to a broader set of possible applications. We discuss the significance and timeliness of our proposed conceptual design for the stewardship of personal data, and the importance of our findings for future research, as well as for the design of online platforms.


Angelopoulos, S., Brown, M., McAuley, D., Merali, Y., Mortier, R., & Price, D. (2021). Stewardship of personal data on social networking sites. International journal of information management, 56, Article 102208.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 22, 2020
Online Publication Date Sep 8, 2020
Publication Date 2021-02
Deposit Date Oct 30, 2020
Publicly Available Date Nov 2, 2020
Journal International Journal of Information Management
Print ISSN 0268-4012
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 56
Article Number 102208
Keywords Personal data; Social networking sites; Design science; Conceptual design
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