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ERIC Number: ED523175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 241
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-1452-2
Footprints near the Surf: Individual Privacy Decisions in Online Contexts
McDonald, Aleecia M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Carnegie Mellon University
As more people seek the benefits of going online, more people are exposed to privacy risks from their time online. With a largely unregulated Internet, self-determination about privacy risks must be feasible for people from all walks of life. Yet in many cases decisions are either not obvious or not accessible. As one example, privacy policies are written beyond most adults reading comprehension level, and few people read policies let alone act based on the information policies contain. In my thesis I examine decisions made about threats from website data collection. In the course of multiple studies I use a variety of tools including lab-based studies, online studies, mental models interviews, economic analysis, and analysis of cookies used for tracking. Privacy literature is full of apparent conflicts between people saying they care very much about their privacy, yet not taking the steps required to protect their privacy. By using multiple approaches and crossing multiple disciplines I am able to contribute to a more coherent picture of whether people are able to make choices about protecting their online privacy. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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