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Delphi Study of Risk to Individuals who Disclose Personal Information Online

Haynes, David; Robinson, Lyn


Lyn Robinson


A two-round Delphi study was conducted to explore priorities for addressing online risk to individuals. A corpus of literature was created based on 69 peer-reviewed articles about privacy risk and the privacy calculus published between 2014 and 2019. A cluster analysis of the resulting text-base using Pearson’s correlation coefficient resulted in seven broad topics. After two rounds of the Delphi survey with experts in information security and information literacy, the following topics were identified as priorities for further investigation: personalisation versus privacy; responsibility for privacy on social networks; measuring privacy risk; and perceptions of powerlessness and the resulting apathy. The Delphi approach provided clear conclusions about research topics and has potential as a tool for prioritising future research areas.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 8, 2021
Online Publication Date Feb 15, 2021
Publication Date 2023-02
Deposit Date Feb 16, 2021
Publicly Available Date Feb 16, 2021
Journal Journal of Information Science
Print ISSN 0165-5515
Electronic ISSN 1741-6485
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 49
Issue 1
Pages 93-106
Keywords Delphi study; online risk; personal data; privacy
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