Internet Privacy Concerns versus Behavior: A Protection Motivation Approach

Internet Privacy Concerns versus Behavior: A Protection Motivation Approach

Kenneth J. Sousa (Department of Computer Information Systems, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI, USA), Laurie E. MacDonald (Department of Computer Information Systems, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI, USA) and Kenneth T. Fougere (Department of Computer Information Systems, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI, USA)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/jissc.2012100104

Abstract

This study examines the possible disconnect between student concerns about privacy when using the Internet and their behavior. The literature indicates that Internet users are concerned about privacy but their web-browsing habits consistently put their privacy at risk. Browsing habits were examined using five factors: (1) privacy concerns, (2) self-efficacy, (3) risk assessment, (4) threat assessment, and (5) privacy involvement. These factors were analyzed for their relationship to privacy behavior. A survey questionnaire was developed and administered to a sample drawn from university students.
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Literature Review

This research study requires the foundational constructions associated with several previously published research efforts. The following sections review the literature associated with privacy, privacy concerns and privacy behavior.

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