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Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).
2010 (English)In: Journal of Information Privacy and Security, ISSN 1553-6548, Vol. 6, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Electronic mail (email) is a widely adopted communication mechanism often used for communicating sensitive and confidential information. Therefore, safeguarding the security of email communication has become an important issue. There are frequent media reports pertaining to security problems with email accounts. Therefore, studies on strengths, limitations, and possible improvements about email security are essential. This paper examined security and privacy protection mechanisms of four leading email service providers including Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, and AOL Mail. A number of observations and experiments were conducted in order to understand existing security and privacy protection mechanisms of these providers. After that, this paper proposes some recommended protection mechanisms which can be implemented by service providers, system developers, and email users. This study also explores several research avenues for academia.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 6, no 1
Keyword [en]
Privacy, Security, Email
National Category
Information Science
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-51942OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-51942DiVA: diva2:386424
Available from: 2011-01-12 Created: 2011-01-12 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Discovering Constructs and Dimensions for Information Privacy Metrics
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Discovering Constructs and Dimensions for Information Privacy Metrics
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Privacy is a fundamental human right. During the last decades, in the information age, information privacy has become one of the most essential aspects of privacy. Information privacy is concerned with protecting personal information pertaining to individuals.

Organizations, which frequently process the personal information, and individuals, who are the subjects of the information, have different needs, rights and obligations. Organizations need to utilize personal information as a basis to develop tailored services and products to their customers in order to gain advantage over their competitors. Individuals need assurance from the organizations that their personal information is not changed, disclosed, deleted or misused in any other way. Without this guarantee from the organizations, individuals will be more unwilling to share their personal information.

Information privacy metrics is a set of parameters used for the quantitative assessment and benchmark of an organization’s measures to protect personal information. These metrics can be used by organizations to demonstrate, and by individuals to evaluate, the type and level of protection given to personal information. Currently, there are no systematically developed, established or widely used information privacy metrics. Hence, the purpose of this study is to establish a solid foundation for building information privacy metrics by discovering some of the most critical constructs and dimensions of these metrics. 

The research was conducted within the general research strategy of design science and by applying research methods such as data collection and analysis informed by grounded theory as well as surveys using interviews and questionnaires in Sweden and in Sri Lanka. The result is a conceptual model for information privacy metrics including its basic foundation; the constructs and dimensions of the metrics. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kista: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, tockholm Univeristy, 2013. 169 p.
Series
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 13-003
Keyword
Information privacy, Privacy metrics, Data protection, Personal information
National Category
Computer and Information Science
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-89336 (URN)978-91-7447-637-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-06-10, sal C, Forum 100, Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, 13:00 (English)
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Supervisors
Funder
Sida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Note

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 6: Accepted.

Available from: 2013-05-16 Created: 2013-04-22 Last updated: 2013-05-15Bibliographically approved

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