Attitudes Toward Information Privacy: A Comparison of Student Attitudes in Russia and the U.S

By Nancy A. Floyd, Natalia Ledovskikh, Jackie Lewis, Alex Soloview and Olga Sycheva.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Two US and three Russian professors administered a survey comparing students' attitudes toward information privacy. The survey was administered in either English or Russian as appropriate and responses were anonymous; neither college nor class was recorded. Students were identified only by country, major, year in college and sex.

The survey consisted of 15 statements. Students indicated the extent of their agreement/disagreement with each statement on a 7 point Likert scale. We utilized an existing, validated survey that measured four basic constructs: concerns about information collection, errors, unauthorized secondary use and improper access. For further information on the development and validation studies see Smith, Milberg and Burke, “Information Privacy: Measuring Individuals’ Concerns about Organizational Practices.”

The purpose of the research is to determine whether or not attitudes differ by nationality and, if so, to propose cultural explanation that might explain these differences. Long term, it is our wish to continue the research in both breadth (more countries, more age groups)and depth (a longitudinal study of how attitudes are changing, possibly more exploration of possible cultural bases and/or ethical implications).

Keywords: Information Privacy, Errors, Improper Access, Unauthorized Secondary Use, Collection Errors, Survey Research

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 2, Issue 7, pp.163-178. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.646MB).

Dr. Nancy A. Floyd

Professor of CIS and Chair of the Business Division, Division of Business, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA

Dr. Natalia Ledovskikh

Chairperson, Cultural Studies Department, Ryazan Pedagogical University, Ryazan, Russian Federation

Prof. Jackie Lewis

professor, Division of Business, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA

Prof. Alex Soloview

Professor of Cultural Studies, Cultural Studies, Ryazan Pedagogical University, Ryazan, Russian Federation

Prof. Olga Sycheva

Professor of Economics, Economics, Ryazan Pedagogical University, Ryazan, Russian Federation


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