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Watching me, watching you: privacy attitudes and reactions to identity card implementation scenarios in the United Kingdom

Joinson, A. N.; Paine, C.; Buchanan, T. and Reips, U. D. (2006). Watching me, watching you: privacy attitudes and reactions to identity card implementation scenarios in the United Kingdom. Journal of Information Science, 32(4) pp. 334–343.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0165551506064902
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Abstract

In the United Kingdom, government proposals for the introduction of an identity (ID) card have raised considerable privacy concerns. In the present research, opinions and attitudes about different ways of implementing ID cards are examined using an experimental methodology. Specifically, the level and type of compulsion and application process, and the use of a centralized database or trusted third party to hold personal information, are compared for attitudes towards ID cards. Moreover, the impact of implementation scenarios on people with different privacy concern profiles is examined. The results show that an implementation that combines high compulsion with a centralized database (the approach currently favoured by the UK Government) leads to the greatest negative shift in attitudes towards ID cards. Implementations proposed by others (e.g. the London School of Economics) show significantly less negative shift in attitudes. People's pre-existing privacy concerns also influence their evaluation of the different implementation scenarios.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0165-5515
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Institute of Educational Technology
Item ID: 16039
Depositing User: Users 8955 not found.
Date Deposited: 06 May 2009 16:23
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2012 08:42
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/16039
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