Privacy in times of COVID-19: a pilot study in the Republic of Ireland

Xie, Guodong, Lohar, Pintu, Florea, Claudia, Bendechache, Malika, Trestian, Ramona ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3315-3081, Brennan, Rob, Connolly, Regina and Tal, Irina (2021) Privacy in times of COVID-19: a pilot study in the Republic of Ireland. ARES 2021: The 16th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security. In: 4th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Privacy and Trust (iPAT 2021) to be held in conjunction with the 16th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2021), 17-20 Aug 2021, All-Digital Conference. ISBN 9781450390514. [Conference or Workshop Item] (doi:10.1145/3465481.3470096)

[img]
Preview
PDF - Published version (with publisher's formatting)
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

Download (602kB) | Preview
[img]
Preview
PDF - Final accepted version (with author's formatting)
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

Download (620kB) | Preview

Abstract

Contact tracing apps used in tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 have sparked discussions and controversies worldwide with major concerns around privacy. COVID Tracker app used in the Republic of Ireland was praised in general for the way it addressed privacy and was used as baseline for other contact tracing apps worldwide. The success of the app is dependent on the general public uptake, hence their voice and attitude is the one that really matters. This paper focuses on developing a survey and the methods aiming to examine the attitudes toward privacy during COVID-19 of the general public in the Republic of Ireland and their impact on the uptake of the COVID tracker app. Various privacy models are used and health belief model as well in this purpose. A pilot study with 286 participants show a change in attitude towards privacy during COVID-19 pandemic, with more people willing to share their data in the interest of saving lives. However, privacy attitudes are shown to have impacted the adoption of the app in Ireland.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 33446
Notes on copyright: © 2021 Copyright held by the owner/author(s).
Published version: The definitive Version of Record was published in ARES 2021: The 16th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3465481.3470096. The published work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License.
Final Accepted version: This is the author's version of the work. For the purpose of Open Access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.
Useful Links:
Depositing User: Ramona Trestian
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2021 14:14
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2022 20:36
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/33446

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Statistics

Activity Overview
6 month trend
65Downloads
6 month trend
54Hits

Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.