Nothing to hide, nothing To fear: the current state of online privacy

Matongorere, Tongai (2016) Nothing to hide, nothing To fear: the current state of online privacy. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The topic of privacy is gaining importance as more personal information is stored and processed electronically. It is proving hard to account for our digital footprint, which is a big challenge to keeping the information we share safe and secure.
    This research is aimed at finding out people's perceptions and online behaviour with regards to the statement "Nothing to hide, nothing to fear". The findings complement existing research about on line privacy. The investigation was conducted through semi-structured interviews which were interpreted with transcripts. The research highlighted some of the biggest concerns faced by people when on line. Different groups perceive privacy in different contexts namely: national security, privacy as a means to protect family and privacy as a means to have control of personal identity.
    The biggest concern was unexpectedly securing financial details from being exposed online. Other research findings showed the steps taken by people to protect themselves online. This was illustrated by the patterns that emerged from how people currently maintain their privacy online and the steps they take to secure that privacy. The analysis concluded that with technology progressing at such a fast rate, increasing our digital footprint places us in a vulnerable posit ion. Will we really have anything left to hide, based on the fact that more information about people will be generated and available in the public domain?

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Computing
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2016 15:09
    Last Modified: 12 Aug 2016 15:09
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21498

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