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dc.contributor.authorNo, Won Gyun 16:46:47 (GMT) 16:46:47 (GMT)
dc.description.abstractPrivacy emerges as a critical issue in an e-commerce environment because of a fundamental tension among corporate, consumer, and government interests. By reviewing prior Internet-privacy research in the fields of information systems, business, and marketing published between 1995 and 2006, we consider the following research questions: 1) how an individual’s privacy behaviour is affected by privacy policy disclosures and by the level of the individual’s involvement regarding the sensitivity of personal information; 2) how companies’ privacy policies vary with respect to regulatory approaches and cultural values; and 3) whether there is a gap between the privacy practices valued by individuals and those emphasized by companies. A three-stage study is conducted to answer these questions. The first two stages, consisting of a Web-based survey and an online ordering experiment with 210 participants, found that individuals are more likely to read the privacy policy statements posted on Web sites and less likely to provide personal information, when they are under a high privacy involved situation as compared to being in a low privacy involved situation. However, the existence of a privacy seal did not affect individuals’ behaviour, regardless of involvement conditions. This study also found a gap between self-reported privacy behaviour and actual privacy behaviour. When individuals were requested to provide personal information, their privacy policy statement reading behaviour was close to their self-report behaviour. However, their personal information providing behaviour was different from their self-reported behaviour. The third stage, which entailed the study of 420 privacy policies spanning six countries and two industries, showed that privacy policies vary across countries, as well as with varying governmental involvement and cultural values in those countries. Finally, the analysis of all the three stages revealed a gap between individuals’ importance ratings of companies’ privacy practices and policies that companies emphasize in their privacy disclosures.en
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.subjectInternet privacyen
dc.subjectPrivacy policy disclosureen
dc.subjectSelf-reported behaviour versus actual behaviouren
dc.subjectElectronic commerceen
dc.titleAn Empirical Investigation of Internet Privacy: Customer Behaviour, Companies’ Privacy Policy Disclosures, and a Gapen
dc.typeDoctoral Thesisen
dc.subject.programManagement Sciencesen Sciencesen
uws-etd.degreeDoctor of Philosophyen

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