- Privacy exposed
- Consumer responses to data collection and usage practices of mobile apps
- Award date
- 13 June 2018
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)
Mobile apps are increasingly jeopardizing consumer privacy by collecting, storing, and sharing personal information. However, little is known about users’ responses to data collection and usage practices of apps. This dissertation investigated (1) the status quo of privacy protection behavior, (2) the drivers of information disclosure, and (3) the consequences of information disclosure in the privacy-sensitive context of mobile apps. Results show that app users are currently not empowered and motivated to protect their privacy in apps, because they only have limited knowledge on the data collection and usage practices of apps, and they are only moderately concerned about their privacy. With respect to the drivers of information disclosure, this dissertation showed that app users engage in a privacy trade-off when downloading mobile apps. In this trade-off, the benefits (i.e., app value) trump the costs (i.e., intrusiveness, privacy concerns), meaning that mobile app users tend to trade their privacy for apps that are of value to them. Furthermore, in an online gaming context, customization features and brand trust increase information disclosure and brand attitude, but this influence is strongly conditioned by how concerned players are about their privacy. Finally, this dissertation shows that the data collection and usage practices of apps might have negative consequences for marketers, because the more information apps collect, the more negative users are. This holds for fictitious branded apps, but not for real branded apps. All in all, this dissertation provides important insights into consumers’ responses to data collection and usage practices of mobile apps.
- Please note that the sections ‘Acknowledgements’ and 'About the Author' are not included in the thesis downloads.
Thesis (Embargo up to and including 13 June 2020)
Chapter 2: App users unwittingly in the spotlight: A model of privacy protection in mobile apps (Embargo up to and including 13 June 2020)
Chapter 3: The privacy trade-off for mobile app downloads: The roles of app value, intrusiveness, and privacy concerns (Embargo up to and including 1 February 2020)
Chapter 5: Exploring the impact of branded app intrusiveness on consumers’ app and brand perceptions (Embargo up to and including 13 June 2020)
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