On-line privacy behavior: using user interfaces for salient factors

Hughes-Roberts, Thomas and Kani-Zabihi, Elahe (2014) On-line privacy behavior: using user interfaces for salient factors. Journal of Computer and Communications, 2 (4). p. 220. ISSN 2327-5219

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The problem of privacy in social networks is well documented within literature; users have pri- vacy concerns however, they consistently disclose their sensitive information and leave it open to unintended third parties. While numerous causes of poor behaviour have been suggested by re- search the role of the User Interface (UI) and the system itself is underexplored. The field of Per- suasive Technology would suggest that Social Network Systems persuade users to deviate from their normal or habitual behaviour. This paper makes the case that the UI can be used as the basis for user empowerment by informing them of their privacy at the point of interaction and remind- ing them of their privacy needs. The Theory of Planned Behaviour is introduced as a potential theoretical foundation for exploring the psychology behind privacy behaviour as it describes the salient factors that influence intention and action. Based on these factors of personal attitude, subjective norms and perceived control, a series of UIs are presented and implemented in con- trolled experiments examining their effect on personal information disclosure. This is combined with observations and interviews with the participants. Results from this initial, pilot experiment suggest groups with privacy salient information embedded exhibit less disclosure than the control group. This work reviews this approach as a method for exploring privacy behaviour and propos- es further work required.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.4236/jcc.2014.24029
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Keywords: On-Line Privacy, Social Networking Site, User Interface, Users' Behavior, Theory of Planned Behavior
Subjects: Education
Social sciences > Communication and culture
Library and information sciences
Social sciences
Depositing User: Elahe Kani-Zabihi
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2015 18:04
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:43
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1410


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