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Trends and guidelines in online privacy policy

conference contribution
posted on 2003-01-01, 00:00 authored by Sharman Lichtenstein, P Swatman, K Babu
Online privacy policies (OPP) are important mechanisms for informing online consumers about the level of information privacy protection afforded when visiting web sites. To date, societal mechanisms and technologies have been the focus of attempts to improve the quality and effectiveness of OPPs. We present findings from a longitudinal, empirical study of online privacy policies. Our research found that although online privacy policies have improved in quality and effectiveness since 2000, they still fall well short of the level of privacy assurance desired by consumers. This study analyses trends in OPPs over the two years of the study, identifying areas of deficiency and improvements, and offering a solution in the form of a detailed set of guidelines for organisational online privacy policy. Our study adds to existing theory in this area and, more immediately, will assist businesses concerned about the effect of privacy issues on consumer web usage.


Title of proceedings

Proceedings for CollECTeR (Europe) 2003


CollECTer. Conference (2003 : Galway, Ireland)


83 - 96


[Collaborative Electronic Commerce Technology and Research]


Galway, Ireland

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[Galway, Ireland]

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2003, ECIW

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