A Review of Measures of Disclosure Outcomes in the is Privacy Literature

Tawfiq Alashoor, Lisa Schurer Lambert, Samira Farivar

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For twenty years, Information Systems (IS) researchers investigated privacy attitudes and disclosure outcomes, yet a full understanding of the privacy disclosure relationship has not been reached. In the current study, we argue that the lack of consensus regarding the privacy-disclosure relationship may stem, at least in part, from methodological shortcomings. We contend that variations in disclosure measurement practices may be responsible for ambiguous findings in the accumulated IS privacy research. We provide a preliminary review of the IS privacy literature from which we aim to build an initial foundation for recommendations regarding measures of disclosure outcomes. We identify four widely used measures of disclosure outcomes (i.e. intentional, breadth of, retrospective self-reports of, and actual disclosure) and discuss their methodological concerns. We conclude with a brief discussion on the methodology for the full review and recommendation for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAMCIS 2016 Proceedings
Number of pages5
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2016
Article number1319
ISBN (Electronic)9780996683128
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd Americas Conference on Information Systems. AMCIS 2016: Surfing the IT Innovation Wave - San Diego, United States
Duration: 11 Aug 201614 Aug 2016
Conference number: 22


Conference22nd Americas Conference on Information Systems. AMCIS 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • Privacy concerns
  • Disclosure
  • Behavioral outcomes
  • Measurements
  • IS privacy

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