Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

4-2007

Publication Source

New Media & Society

Volume

9

Issue

2

Start Page

300

Last Page

318

DOI

10.1177/1461444807072219

Abstract

What does the US public believe about the credibility of institutional actors when it comes to protecting information privacy online? Drawing on perspectives of environmental risk, this article addresses the question through a nationally representative telephone survey of 1200 adults who go online at home. A key result is that a substantial percentage of internet users believes that major corporate or government institutions will both help them to protect information privacy and take that privacy away by disclosing information to other parties without permission. This finding and others raise questions about the dynamics of risk-perception and institutional trust on the web.

Copyright/Permission Statement

The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the journal New Media & Society, 19(2), 2007, © SAGE Publications, Inc. by SAGE Publications, Inc. at page: http://nms.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/

Keywords

government, home, internet, marketing, media, online, privacy, risk

 

Date Posted: 25 June 2015

This document has been peer reviewed.