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Attitudes toward Privacy amongst Young International Academics
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences. (SecLab)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2006 (English)In: Innovations for a Knowledge Economy: Proceedings of the 8 th International Information Technology Conference IITC2006 Colombo Sri Lanka, 2006, 66-72 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Article 17 and 25 of the EU Directive 95/46/EC, on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, state that the nature of the data should be taken into account in determining the appropriate level of security for processing and transferring personal data. Except Article 8, which mentions special category of personal data called sensitive data, the directive is silent on the nature of the data. The main objective of this study was to identify the relationship between the level of protection required for the personal data and the nature of the data. Another aspect of this study was to identify under what circumstances individuals were willing to compromise their information privacy. A survey was conducted among young academics in the field of information and communication technology. The participants demanded a higher level of protection for their bank account details, credit and debit card transaction details, income tax details, medical reports on serious illnesses, credit report details and general medical reports. On the other hand, age, both academic and professional qualifications, marital status, hobbies and occupations were considered as low privacy concerned items. Other interesting finding was that the participants prefer to compromise their privacy for public safety and health care rather than compromise their privacy for national security. A large number of participants were not willing to compromise their privacy for research activities. More than one third of the participants were willing to pay for privacy enhancing technologies while one third of the participants were willing to compromise their privacy for short term financial benefits. Even though article 8 of the EU Directive 95/46/EC imposes strict rules for processing sensitive data, the participants did not demand much protection for such data. This study shows the importance of introducing sector specific guidelines for personal data protection. It also highlights the demand for more user friendly privacy enhancing technologies and more privacy awareness among the future driving forces of the Information Technology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. 66-72 p.
Keyword [en]
Privacy, Information privacy, Data protection
National Category
Computer and Information Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-89823ISBN: 955-8974-04-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-89823DiVA: diva2:620804
Conference
International Information Technology Conference (IITC)
Available from: 2013-05-11 Created: 2013-05-11 Last updated: 2013-05-15Bibliographically approved
In thesis
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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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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