Presentation of a research paper on the AoIR virtual conference
Members of the Centre for Social Informatics (Jošt Bartol, Dr. Vasja Vehovar and Dr. Andraž Petrovčič) participated in the virtual conference of the Association for Internet Researchers (AoIR), which took place from 12 to 15 October. They presented an original contribution titled “The quality of survey scales for measuring information privacy concerns on social network sites”.
In the study, they presented the results of a systematic literature review that followed the COnsesus-based Standards for the selection of health Measurement Instruments (COSMIN) methodology. The COSMIN methodology was specifically developed for conducting systematic literature reviews of survey scales and evaluating their measurement properties. The study reviewed all studies that measured the construct information privacy concerns in the social network sites context. The results show that 35 different information privacy concern scales were used between 2009 and 2020. The most common dimensions were concern about information collection, concern about lack of control over collected information, and concern regarding unauthorized access to information. The results also show that too little attention is paid to ensuring the measurement quality of the used survey scales. The study provides an important overview of measurement practices of information privacy concerns in the context of social network sites and provides several suggestions for future research.
The study was conducted as part of Jošt Bartol's Young Researcher fellowship, funded by the Slovenian Research Agency of the Republic of Slovenia, and co-funded from the research project J5-2558 (The Implications of Proxy Internet Use for the Internet Skills of Older Adults) and the research program P5-0399 (Internet research).