Bartol, Vehovar and Petrovčič published an article in the journal Informatics


Jošt Bartol, Vasja Vehovar, PhD, and Andraž Petrovčič, PhD, members of the Centre for Social Informatics, published an article in the journal Informatics titled Should We Be Concerned about How Information Privacy Concerns Are Measured in Online Contexts? A Systematic Review of Survey Scale Development Studies. In the article, the authors present the results of a systematic review of survey scales for measuring information privacy concern. Information privacy concerns can be understood as individual’s views about the possible loss of privacy when submitting personal information.

Although the theme of information privacy is often addressed in the literature, there are no studies to date that would conduct a comprehensive review and comparison of survey scales for measuring information privacy concerns. The published article therefore presents the first analysis in which the authors addressed these issues by the method of a systematic review. In the study, they identified 13 articles in which 16 different survey scales for measuring information privacy concerns were developed. By reviewing the conceptualizations of the measured construct, the contexts for which the scales were developed, the included dimensions, and the evaluation of the quality of the methodological procedures used in the scale development process, the authors provide a comprehensive description of survey scales for measuring information privacy concerns. The results show that there is no common understanding of the measured construct and that scale developers often pay little attention to ensuring content validity. Based on the results, the article highlights areas that demand further attention and provides recommendations for the users of existing information privacy concern survey scales.

The research was conducted as part of the first author’s Young researcher fellowship, financed from the national budget by a contract between the Slovenian Research Agency and the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. This research has been also co-funded by the Slovenian Research Agency (Grant Nos. L5-9337P5-0399).


Back to list of notificationsPublished: 17. May 2021 | Category: Publications