Information Systems Security and Privacy


In the e-commerce environment, a person’s concerns for information privacy (CFIP) regarding the general e-commerceenvironment are different from his or her specific concerns for information privacy regarding particular web sites. Such adistinction was observed in literature but received limited attention for its clarification. Importantly, how the two types ofprivacy concerns relate to each other and how they relate to various antecedent and consequence factors were not wellstudied. Drawing upon attitude theories, this research develops a dichotomy of privacy concerns, including general CFIP andspecific CFIP. A research model is developed to specify the relationship between the two constructs and their relationshipwith antecedent and consequence factors. Potential contributions to research and practice are discussed.