Perceptions and actions: Combining privacy and risk perceptions to better understand user behaviour

Coventry, Lynne, Jeske, Debora and Briggs, Pamela (2014) Perceptions and actions: Combining privacy and risk perceptions to better understand user behaviour. In: Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) 2014, July 9-11, 2014, Menlo Park, CA.


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Exploring the link between privacy and behaviour has been difficult, as many contextual and other variables lead to a schism between privacy attitudes and behaviour. We propose that one possible means forward is to consider risk perceptions as an important additional dimension when exploring individual differences in privacy concern. Using cluster analysis, we demonstrate the benefit of creating more multi-dimensional user profiles (=clusters) as these can provide a better inside into behaviour. These clusters were able to differentiate users based on both privacy and risk perceptions into users who were (a) highly concerned and risk-sensitive; (b) unconcerned but risk-aware; and (c) moderately concerned but less risk-aware cluster. Using these clusters, we were able to explain different patterns of self-reported behaviours related to technical and general caution. Further analysis of behaviours associated with the use of mobile devices, public networks and social networking in relation to these clusters did not result in any significant findings. We provide a number of topics for discussion and practical solutions that have yet to be implemented in order to better understand the link between privacy attitudes and behaviour.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
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Depositing User: Debbie Jeske
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2014 14:31
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 15:33

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