Privacy: A Study of Attitudes and Behaviors in US, UK and EU Information Security Professionals
As technology continues to modify the ways in which information of all types is stored, analyzed and exchanged, concerns related to privacy are growing. At the same time, the very concept of privacy is highly subjective, varying culturally as well as organizationally. In this presentation some of the cultural and organizational aspects of privacy will be examined, and some Internet-related threats to privacy discussed. Then, new survey data from our study of user behavior and technical facilitators of privacy will be presented. The study focuses on usersÂ’ attitudes toward privacy and their responses to some globally applicable privacy-related threats. The data show some unexpected results, which will be interpreted by application of several well- nown psychological models to the user behavior. Finally, the need for further work in the field is highlighted, and suggestions for further research provided.