Research case study: Privacy and Social Media

David Haynes, Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Science, City University London.

David Haynes

David successfully completed a PhD in 2015 on the topic of Privacy and social media. A copy of David’s thesis Risk and Regulation of Access to Personal Data on Online Social Networking Services in the UK  is available from City Research Online at City Research Online  is City University London’s open access institutional repository or research database which contains research outputs from City staff and research students.

Another of David’s articles on City Research Online is: Risk and Regulation of Access to Personal Data on Online Social Networking Services in the UK

Article on The called Forget the right to be forgotten, other means exist

Article on The Conversation: End of Safe Harbour isn’t the end of the world – let’s hope its successor is better

David is also a Management Consultant Management consultant and project manager with expertise in information management, metadata, information governance and taxonomies. See the occasional blog Aspire Squared Ltd

Social media

 LinkedIn is a networking tool that helps you make connections and create a professional network and share blog posts, articles etc. See David’s LinkedIn profile

David recommends Twitter for connecting with other researchers and contacts. He can be found on Twitter at It is useful to follow researchers and organisations of interest and also hashtags such as #citylis from the Department of Library and Information Science at City.

Resources from City, University of London Library.

David has conducted interdisciplinary research which includes aspects of Law, Business, Computing.

City University London Library has created some Library guides for different subjects at: There are guides for Law and Information Science for example.

A comprehensive researcher Library guide is also available. This covers research resources, managing information, sharing research etc. There is also a social media guide on using social media resources to manage your research and promote your research.

The large, multidisciplinary database Ebscohost has been useful for David’s research. Ebscohost covers a wide range of subjects ranging from Business to Health. The Law resources website Lawbore was also useful in the initial stages of David’s research.

Other libraries

The British Library is the national Library and is based at St Pancras. It is recommended that all research students and staff join the British Library. It is possible to pre-register for a reader pass. It is a reference library so all materials have to be consulted there. There are also some electronic resources that are available for use in the British Library Reading Rooms.

Reference management software

David uses Mendeley, this is a free tool enabling you to capture, organise, annotate, store and share your references and also to join and form groups and networks and to discover and share papers. David’s Mendeley profile is at: See also the City University London Library online Mendeley guide.

City University London also subscribes to the reference management tool RefWorks. City staff and students can set up a RefWorks account. RefWorks is an online reference management tool which enables you to import, store and manage references from your research and create bibliographies. See also the RefWorks guide. 

Advice to new researchers

“Twitter is a great tool for connecting with others at the same event and for picking up new research ideas”.

ORCID provides a digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher . It is a good idea to set up an Orcid profile as a researcher if you are publishing articles etc as this will ensure your work is more easily found and will be correctly attributed to you, see David’s Orcid profile.

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