Journal article

Do privacy concerns determine online information disclosure? The case of internet addiction

Nik Thompson, Atif Ahmad, Scan Maynard

Information and Computer Security | EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2021


Purpose: It is a widely held belief that users make a rational cost-benefit decision when choosing whether to disclose information online. Yet, in the privacy context, the evidence is far from conclusive suggesting that strong and as-yet unmeasured influences on behaviour may exist. This paper aims to demonstrate one such link – the effect of internet addiction on information disclosure. Design/methodology/approach: Data from 216 Web users was collected regarding their perceptions on privacy and information disclosure intentions as well as avoidance behaviour, an element of internet addiction. Using a research model based on the Privacy Calculus theory, structural equation modelling was appl..

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