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An Examination of People’s Privacy Concerns, Perceptions of Social Benefits, and Acceptance of COVID-19 Mitigation Measures That Harness Location Information: A Comparative Study of the U.S. and South Korea

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Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
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Department of Geography and Resource Management and Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10(1), 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10010025
Received: 25 November 2020 / Revised: 26 December 2020 / Accepted: 11 January 2021 / Published: 12 January 2021
This paper examines people’s privacy concerns, perceptions of social benefits, and acceptance of various COVID-19 control measures that harness location information using data collected through an online survey in the U.S. and South Korea. The results indicate that people have higher privacy concerns for methods that use more sensitive and private information. The results also reveal that people’s perceptions of social benefits are low when their privacy concerns are high, indicating a trade-off relationship between privacy concerns and perceived social benefits. Moreover, the acceptance by South Koreans for most mitigation methods is significantly higher than that by people in the U.S. Lastly, the regression results indicate that South Koreans (compared to people in the U.S.) and people with a stronger collectivist orientation tend to have higher acceptance for the control measures because they have lower privacy concerns and perceive greater social benefits for the measures. These findings advance our understanding of the important role of geographic context and culture as well as people’s experiences of the mitigation measures applied to control a previous pandemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: acceptance; comparative study; COVID-19; geoprivacy; location privacy; pandemic; perception; privacy; social benefits acceptance; comparative study; COVID-19; geoprivacy; location privacy; pandemic; perception; privacy; social benefits
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Kim, J.; Kwan, M.-P. An Examination of People’s Privacy Concerns, Perceptions of Social Benefits, and Acceptance of COVID-19 Mitigation Measures That Harness Location Information: A Comparative Study of the U.S. and South Korea. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10, 25. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10010025

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Kim, Junghwan, and Mei-Po Kwan. 2021. "An Examination of People’s Privacy Concerns, Perceptions of Social Benefits, and Acceptance of COVID-19 Mitigation Measures That Harness Location Information: A Comparative Study of the U.S. and South Korea" ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 10, no. 1: 25. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10010025

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