Attitudes Towards the Use of COVID-19 Apps and Its Associated Factors

Tian Wang, Masooda Bashir

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Abstract

Since early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has been significantly changing people’s daily lives as social activities are limited to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus. New technologies, especially mobiles apps, have been widely applied to help with reducing the spread of the pandemic. However, although these apps bring many benefits, it also raises privacy issues given the amount of user information being collected and shared. The goal of this study is to understand individuals’ attitudes towards the privacy concerns on using COVID-19 apps, and their expectations on the privacy protections. By conducting the survey and collecting responses, results found that majority of the participants expressed privacy concerns on COVID-19 apps, and participants with different socioeconomic status may have different levels of willingness to use the app. Results from this study not only provide guidance for the government and app service providers on the implementation of appropriate safeguards, but also address on the needs of privacy protections for the vulnerable groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHCI for Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust - 4th International Conference, HCI-CPT 2022, Held as Part of the 24th HCI International Conference, HCII 2022, Proceedings
EditorsAbbas Moallem
PublisherSpringer
Pages492-501
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783031055621
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Event4th International Conference on HCI for Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust, HCI-CPT 2022 Held as Part of the 24th HCI International Conference, HCII 2022 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jun 26 2022Jul 1 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13333 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on HCI for Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust, HCI-CPT 2022 Held as Part of the 24th HCI International Conference, HCII 2022
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/26/227/1/22

Keywords

  • COVID-19 apps
  • Privacy protections
  • Socioeconomic factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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