What About my Privacy, Habibi? Understanding Privacy Concerns and Perceptions of Users From Different Socioeconomic Groups in the Arab World

Saleh, M., Khamis, M. and Sturm, C. (2019) What About my Privacy, Habibi? Understanding Privacy Concerns and Perceptions of Users From Different Socioeconomic Groups in the Arab World. In: 17th IFIP TC.13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT 2019), Paphos, Cyprus, 02-06 Sep 2019, pp. 67-87. ISBN 9783030293864 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-29387-1_5)

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Abstract

This paper contributes an in-depth understanding of privacy concerns and perceptions of Arab users. We report on the first comparison of privacy perceptions among (1) users from high socioeconomic groups in Arab countries (HSA), (2) users from medium to low socioeconomic groups in Arab countries (LSA), and (3) as a baseline, users from high socioeconomic groups in Germany (HSG). Our work is motivated by the fact that most research in privacy focused on Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD) societies. This excludes a segment of the population whose cultural norms and socioeconomic status influence privacy perception and needs. We report on multiple novel findings and unexpected similarities and differences across the user groups. For example, shoulder surfing is more common across LSA and HSG, and defamation is a major threat in LSA. We discuss the implications of our findings on the design of privacy protection measures for investigated groups.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Khamis, Dr Mohamed
Authors: Saleh, M., Khamis, M., and Sturm, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:Springer International Publishing
ISBN:9783030293864
Published Online:25 April 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 IFIP International Federation for Information Processing
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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