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Optional data disclosure and the online privacy paradox: A UK perspective

Williams, Meredydd, Nurse, Jason R. C. (2016) Optional data disclosure and the online privacy paradox: A UK perspective. In: Fourth International Conference on Human Aspects of Information Security‚ Privacy and Trust at the 18th International Conference on Human?Computer Interaction (HCI)., July 17-22, Toronto, ON, Canada,. (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-39381-0_17)

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Opinion polls suggest that the public value their privacy, with majorities calling for greater control of their data. However, individuals continue to use online services which place their personal information at risk, comprising a Privacy Paradox. Previous work has analysed this phenomenon through after-the-fact comparisons, but not studied disclos- ure behaviour during questioning. We physically surveyed UK cities to study how the British public regard privacy and how perceptions differ between demographic groups. Through analysis of optional data disclos- ure, we empirically examined whether those who claim to value their privacy act privately with their own data. We found that both opin- ions and self-reported actions have little effect on disclosure, with over 99% of individuals revealing private data needlessly. We show that not only do individuals act contrary to their opinions, they disclose informa- tion needlessly even whilst describing themselves as private. We believe our findings encourage further analysis of data disclosure, as a means of studying genuine privacy behaviour.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-319-39381-0_17
Subjects: Q Science
T Technology
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Security Group
Depositing User: Jason Nurse
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2018 13:56 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2020 13:54 UTC
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