PRIVATT - a closer look at people’s data privacy attitudes in times of COVID-19

Trestian, Ramona ORCID logoORCID:, Xie, Guodong, Lohar, Pintu, Celeste, Edoardo, Bendechache, Malika, Brennan, Rob and Tal, Irina (2021) PRIVATT - a closer look at people’s data privacy attitudes in times of COVID-19. 2021 IEEE International Mediterranean Conference on Communications and Networking (MeditCom). In: IEEE International Mediterranean Conference on Communications and Networking (MeditCom), 07-10 Sep 2021, Hybrid: In-Person in Athens, Greece and Virtual Conference. e-ISBN 9781665445054, pbk-ISBN 9781665445061. [Conference or Workshop Item] (doi:10.1109/MeditCom49071.2021.9647539)

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The current Covid-19 global pandemic led to a proliferation of contact-tracing applications meant to help control and suppress the spread of the virus. However, the success of these contact-tracing apps relies on obtaining access to sensitive data stored on citizen’s mobile devices. The approaches taken are different around the world. While the countries with a strong democratic and civil liberty ethos are encouraging voluntary adoption of contact-tracing apps by their citizens, other countries opted for forced mass surveillance methods that limit individual freedoms. As a result, the attempt to fight the global pandemic is actually testing people’s attitudes towards privacy and government surveillance. In this context, this research introduces a pilot study examining people’s privacy concerns in a time of Covid-19. The results show that people are willing to share their personal data in the interest of controlling the spread of the virus and save lives.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 33590
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Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2021 15:09
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