Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Voice activated personal assistant: Privacy concerns in the public space
by Easwara Moorthy, Aarthi, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 112; 1527547
Abstract (Summary)

An online survey was conducted to investigate the likelihood of usage of the smartphone Voice Activated Personal Assistant (VAPA) such as Apple's Siri (compared to the usage of smartphone keyboard) as a function of location (private versus public) and type of information (private versus non-private) to inform design decisions to make the private use of the VAPA in public spaces more acceptable from the user point of view. Responses from 76 participants showed that users were more cautious of transmitting private than non-private information. This effect of type of information was amplified in the social context of public locations and when using conspicuous methods of information input such as the VAPA. Participants also preferred using the VAPA in private locations and showed no preference of location for keyboard entries. Correlations between likelihood of usage of VAPA and the social acceptability ratings were positive and predicted similar patterns of smartphone usage.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vu, Kim-Phuong L.
Commitee: Chiappe, Dan, Strybel, Thomas Z.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Information Technology, Computer science
Keywords: Information processing, Mobile, Public space and privacy, Smartphone, Voice Activated Personal Assistant
Publication Number: 1527547
ISBN: 9781303795862
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