Researchers at Centre for Social Informatics published an article in the journal Telematics and Informatics
Jošt Bartol, Dr. Vasja Vehovar, and Dr. Andraž Petrovčič, researchers at the Centre for Social Informatics, published an original research article “Systematic review of survey scales measuring information privacy concerns on social network sites” in Telematics and Informatics, a top-tier journal in the field of social informatics.
In the study, the authors conducted an extensive systematic literature review, in which they reviewed and evaluated existing survey scales for measuring information privacy concerns on social network sites. From a review of more than 4,500 articles, they identified 120 articles that were suitable for further analysis. A detailed review showed that 53 different scales were used in the literature to measure information privacy concerns. Among them only 12 were multidimensional and included a total of 20 different dimensions. Despite the large number of scales, most of them measured concerns related to companies and organisations, while only a few measured concerns related to other users. The study also showed that insufficient attention has been paid to ensuring the measurement quality of the scales. The paper offers practical recommendations for researchers, as it allows for an informed selection of the most appropriate scales, both in terms of the objectives of the study and in terms of the quality of the scales.
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 by research projects J5-2558 (The Implications of Proxy Internet Use for the Internet Skills of Older Adults) and J5-3100 (Evaluating probability and nonprobability online panels), and research programme P5-0399 (Internet research).