Understanding developers’ attitudes towards handling personal data is vital in order to understand whether the software they create handles their users’ privacy fairly. We present the results of a study adapting an existing user-focused privacy concern scale to a software development context and running it with a sample of 123 software developers, in order to validate it and develop a model for measuring the extent to which a software developer is (dis)favorable to ensuring their users’ privacy. The developed scale exceeds thresholds for internal reliability (α>.8), composite reliability (CR >.8), and convergent validity (AVE >.6). Our findings identified a model consisting of three factors that allows for understanding of developers’ attitudes, including: (1) informed consent, (2) data minimization, and (3) data monetization. Through analysis of results from the scale’s deployment, we further discuss mismatches between developers’ attitudes and their self-perceived extent of properly handling their users’ privacy, and the importance of understanding developers’ attitudes towards data monetization.
|Title of host publication||Socio-Technical Aspects in Security and Trust - 9th International Workshop, STAST 2019, Revised Selected Papers|
|Editors||Thomas Groß, Theo Tryfonas|
|Publisher||Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH|
|Number of pages||19|
|State||Published - 2021|
|Event||9th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in Security and Trust, STAST 2019 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg|
Duration: 26 Sep 2019 → 26 Sep 2019
|Name||Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)|
|Conference||9th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in Security and Trust, STAST 2019|
|Period||26/09/19 → 26/09/19|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Acknowledgments. This work is partially supported by EPSRC grant EP /P011799/1, Why Johnny doesn’t write secure software? Secure software development by the masses, and by the Center for Cyber Law & Policy (CCLP), established by the University of Haifa in collaboration with the Israeli National Cyber Bureau.
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- Scale development
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Theoretical Computer Science
- Computer Science (all)