Online Privacy and People's Awareness: A Study of Irish Students

Elaine Colfer

    Research output: Types of ThesisMaster's Thesis

    Abstract

    This study investigates the awareness levels of college student’s views on possible software tools that can gather their personal information online. A review of the current literature demonstrates three possible tools that can gather people’s personal information online. Following this, possible methods of protection available to Internet users are identified. This study employs quantitative research using questionnaires to examine Internet privacy awareness levels among 70 college students. Analyses of the results of questionnaires administered to college students, suggests that there is a relatively high level of knowledge of possible software tools that can invade their privacy online. The results indicate major differences in the views of male and female participants in relation to privacy online with 73.5 per cent of male rating convenience over privacy. Also highlighted in the study is the varying awareness levels between students of different areas, students from the business school have a greater knowledge of possible software tools that can invade their privacy in comparison to humanities students.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • Barry, Ruth, Supervisor
    • Doyle, William, Supervisor
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2007

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