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Self-Imposed Violations of Privacy in Virtual Communities


  • John Warren

    (University of Texas at San Antonio)


Virtual communities have grown in recent years due to the accessibility and ease of setting up web pages on communal Internet sites. Organizations, including companies that seek to hire new employees, often scan these web sites as part of their background checking process. One of the most prominent sites is This research investigates issues of privacy and self-violation of privacy in virtual communities. The results indicate that individuals willingly provide personal information that may actually violate their privacy.

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  • John Warren, 2008. "Self-Imposed Violations of Privacy in Virtual Communities," Working Papers 0047, College of Business, University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • Handle: RePEc:tsa:wpaper:0047

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    Virtual communities; privacy; violations of privacy; MySpace; Information Systems; online social networks.;

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    • M15 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - IT Management


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