Information disclosure of social media users: Does control over personal information, user awareness and security notices matter?

Benson, V. and Saridakis, G. and Tennakoon, H. (2015) Information disclosure of social media users: Does control over personal information, user awareness and security notices matter? Information Technology and People, 28 (3). pp. 426-441. ISSN 0959-3845. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1108/ITP-10-2014-0232) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to bridge the gap in the existing literature by exploring the antecedents of information disclosure of social media users. In particular, the paper investigates the link between information disclosure, control over personal information, user awareness and security notices in the social context, all of which are shown to be different from existing studies in e-commerce environments. Design/methodology/approach – The authors collected and analysed data from 514 social network users. The model is estimated using ordinary least squares and robust standard errors are estimated using the Huber-White sandwich estimators. Findings – The results show that in social networking contexts, control over personal information is negatively and statistically associated with information disclosure. However, both user awareness and security notices have a positive statistical effect on information disclosure. Originality/value – Whilst research on issues of individual information privacy in e-commerce is plentiful, the area of social networking and privacy protection remains under-explored. This paper provides a useful model for analysing information disclosure behaviour on social networks. The authors discuss the practical implications of the findings for actors in social media interactions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Information sharing, Privacy, Risk, Social computing, Social networking (e.g. Facebook Second life), Trust
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > International Business and Strategy
Depositing User: George Saridakis
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2018 11:31 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 09:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/65947 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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