Personlig integritet: A comparative study of perceptions of privacy in public places in Sweden and the United States

Batya Friedman, Kristina Hook, Brian Gill, Lina Eidmar, Catherine Sallmander Prien, Rachel Severson

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Abstract

In this paper we report on a cross-cultural study of people's judgments about privacy in public places. Replicating and extending a previously published study conducted in the US, 350 surveys and 30 interviews were conducted on a university campus in a major city in Sweden. Participants were recruited on campus while walking through a major public through fare which was being captured by a video camera and displayed in real-time in a room in a campus building overlooking the area. We analyze the Swedish data alone and also report comparative analyses with the previously published US data. Results showed in general Swedes are substantially more concerned about privacy in public places than their counterparts in the US. In both countries, women generally expressed more concern than men, but this gender gap was greater in the US than Sweden. Discussion focuses on crosscultural perspectives on privacy in public and implications for interaction design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordiCHI 2008
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Bridges - Proceedings of the 5th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Pages142-151
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
EventNordiCHI 2008: Building Bridges - 5th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Lund, Sweden
Duration: Oct 20 2008Oct 22 2008

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Volume358

Conference

ConferenceNordiCHI 2008: Building Bridges - 5th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Country/TerritorySweden
CityLund
Period10/20/0810/22/08

Keywords

  • Human values
  • Indirect stakeholders
  • Informed consent
  • Privacy
  • Public place
  • User conceptions
  • Value sensitive design

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