The Privacy Paradox of Utilizing the Internet of Things and Wi-Fi Tracking in Smart Cities

Krystan ten Berg*, Ton A.M. Spil, Robin Effing

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Abstract

In recent years, we have seen the increase of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, products and services. The Internet of Things will capture a large amount of data pertaining from the environment, as well as their users. The real value of collecting data will be the result of data processing and aggregation in a large-scale where new knowledge can be extracted. However, such procedures can also lead to user privacy issues. This study describes what citizens do and do not know about Wi-Fi tracking and how that knowledge affects their responses to privacy and security risks. The results of this study showed that there is a lack of awareness towards Wi-Fi tracking by people in the municipality studied. The results show that most respondents are willing to cooperate with Wi-Fi tracking, despite the fact that most people have concerns of losing control about how their data is gathered and used. This study also found that respondents indicated Wi-Fi tracking as useful and especially safety is appointed as an important benefit of Wi-Fi tracking. The results of this study confirm that privacy, trust and perceived benefits significantly influence the willingness to disclose personal information.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICT Unbounded, Social Impact of Bright ICT Adoption
Subtitle of host publicationIFIP WG 8.6 International Conference on Transfer and Diffusion of IT, TDIT 2019 Accra, Ghana, June 21-22, 2019. Proceedings
EditorsYogesh Dwivedi, Emmanuel Ayaburi, Richard Boateng, John Effah
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages364-381
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-20671-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-20670-3
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 19 May 2019
EventIFIP WG 8.6 International Conference on Transfer and Diffusion of IT, TDIT 2019 - University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
Duration: 21 Jun 201922 Jun 2019
https://ugbs.ug.edu.gh/ifipwg86-2019/

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
PublisherSpringer
Volume558
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Conference

ConferenceIFIP WG 8.6 International Conference on Transfer and Diffusion of IT, TDIT 2019
CountryGhana
CityAccra
Period21/06/1922/06/19
Internet address

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    ten Berg, K., Spil, T. A. M., & Effing, R. (2019). The Privacy Paradox of Utilizing the Internet of Things and Wi-Fi Tracking in Smart Cities. In Y. Dwivedi, E. Ayaburi, R. Boateng, & J. Effah (Eds.), ICT Unbounded, Social Impact of Bright ICT Adoption: IFIP WG 8.6 International Conference on Transfer and Diffusion of IT, TDIT 2019 Accra, Ghana, June 21-22, 2019. Proceedings (pp. 364-381). (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vol. 558). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20671-0_25