Information disclosure, privacy behaviours, and attitudes regarding employer surveillance of social networking sites

Deirdre Marie McGuinness, Anoush Simon

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Abstract

This paper explores the use of social networking sites amongst the student population of a Welsh university, with particular respect to information-sharing and privacy behaviours, and the potential impact of social networking site checks by employers on future use of these sites. A mixed-methods research design incorporating both quantitative and qualitative approaches was employed to investigate the research question. Results demonstrated that participants were concerned with maintaining privacy online, and were careful with regards to posting and protecting information on social networking sites; however, protective measures were imperfect due to human and system errors. Most respondents were aware of social networking site surveillance, with many noting that this would have an impact on their future use; however, users are active in protecting their privacy through a combination of use of privacy settings and varied levels of information disclosure dependent on context
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-222
Number of pages20
JournalIFLA Journal
Volume44
Issue number3
Early online date21 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • privacy
  • social media
  • facebook
  • STUDENTS
  • employers
  • Internet privacy
  • surveillance
  • Information and society/culture
  • social networking sites

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