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Anna Rohunen & Jouni Markkula (2019) On the road – listening to data subjects’ personal mobility data privacy concerns, Behaviour & Information Technology, 38:5, 486-502, DOI: 10.1080/0144929X.2018.1540658

On the road : listening to data subjects’ personal mobility data privacy concerns

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Author: Rohunen, Anna1; Markkula, Jouni1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE), Empirical Software Engineering in Software, Systems and Services (M3S) research unit P.O. Box 4500, FI-90014, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-01-15


Efficient utilisation of new mobility data-based services and promotion of acceptance of data collection from vehicles and people demand an understanding of mobility data privacy concerns, associated with increasing use of tracking technologies, diverse data usages and complex data collection environments. Understanding privacy concerns enables improved service and system development and identification of appropriate data management solutions that contribute to data subjects’ privacy protection, as well as efficient utilisation of the collected data. This study aimed to explore earlier research findings on privacy concerns evaluation and investigate their validity in mobility data collection. Explorative multimethod research was conducted in a mobility service pilot through data controller interviews, user interviews and a user survey. The study’s results indicated the need to revise and complement existing privacy concerns evaluation in mobility data collection contexts. The primary findings were as follows: (1) Privacy concerns specific to the mobility data collection context exist. (2) Privacy concerns may change during the service use. (3) Users are not necessarily personally worried about their privacy although they ponder on privacy issues. (4) In contrast to traditional ’privacy calculus’ thinking, users’ expected benefits from data disclosure may also be driven by altruistic motives.

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Series: Behaviour & information technology
ISSN: 0144-929X
ISSN-E: 1362-3001
ISSN-L: 0144-929X
Volume: 38
Issue: 5
Pages: 486 - 502
DOI: 10.1080/0144929X.2018.1540658
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This work was financially supported by the Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion and the Tauno Tönning Foundation. The empirical data used in this study were collected via the Cooperative Traffic research programme, funded by Tekes and a consortium of companies.
Copyright information: © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Behaviour & Information Technology on 30.10.2018, available online: