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Volume 11 Issue 2‐3 (June 2003), Pages 107-252

Privacy and Attitudes Towards Internet‐Based Selection Systems: A Cross‐Cultural Comparison (pages 230-236)

This paper examines perceptions of privacy and how they relate to reluctance to submit employment‐related information over the Internet. In addition, possible cross‐cultural differences between the US and Belgium regarding these constructs and the role of Internet knowledge are investigated. Based on theories of privacy and cross‐cultural differences, a survey methodology was applied to test several hypotheses. Results suggest that privacy considerations may affect reluctance to use an Internet‐based selection system. Moreover, as expected, some differences were observed between US and Belgian respondents. Respondents possessing a higher self‐rated knowledge of the Internet were less concerned that employment‐related data submitted over the Internet would fall into the wrong hands.

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