Is it harmful? Re-examining privacy concerns

Agnieszka Kitkowska, Erik Wästlund, Joachim Meyer, Leonardo A. Martucci

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The increased popularity of interconnected devices, which we rely on when performing day-to-day activities expose people to various privacy harms. This paper presents findings from the empirical investigation of privacy concerns. The study revealed that people, regardless of their diversity, perceive privacy harms as generic and simplified models, not individually as suggested in Solove’s framework. Additionally, the results identified differences in privacy concerns related to information disclosure, protection behavior, and demographics. The findings may benefit privacy and system designers, ensuring that policies and digital systems match people’s privacy expectations, decreasing risks and harms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrivacy and Identity Management. The Smart Revolution - 12th IFIP WG 9.2, 9.5, 9.6/11.7, 11.6/SIG 9.2.2 International Summer School, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsIgor Nai-Fovino, Simone Fischer-Hubner, Eleni Kosta, Marit Hansen
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event12th Annual IFIP Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management, 2017 - Ispra, Italy
Duration: 4 Sep 20178 Sep 2017

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology


Conference12th Annual IFIP Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management, 2017


  • Attitudes
  • Decision making
  • Human factors
  • Privacy

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management


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