ERIC Number: ED393436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Privacy in the Computer Age: Perceptions and Realities.
As more people become computer literate, issues of privacy become more pertinent. Major privacy issues at the individual, national, and international levels are identified in the first part of the paper. These issues provide the basis for the second part of the paper, which is a report of a survey in which subjects were asked to indicate whether they felt the privacy issue was significant in general and the extent to which they personally felt affected by the issue. Questionnaires were distributed to 145 university students in the Midwest. The survey confirmed that most university students use computer technology regularly. For concerns at the individual level, the highest number of responses given for the following being "very likely to happen" or "already happening" were: the question of access by law enforcement agencies (87%); followed by insurance companies (71%); access to academic records (52%); driving records (51%); and access to credit card numbers by unauthorized persons (50%). Students showed the least level of concern that a computer hacker could learn things about them (7%). The responses also expressed concerns regarding privacy invasion on national and international levels. The most revealing aspect of this study was the extent to which general perceptions of invasion of personal privacy by computer technology have a significant, direct relationship to individual, national, and international concerns. (Contains 14 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Concerns Analysis
Note: In: Verbo-Visual Literacy: Understanding and Applying New Educational Communication Media Technologies. Selected Readings from the Symposium of the International Visual Literacy Association (Delphi, Greece, June 25-29, 1993); see IR 017 742.