Sharing steps in the workplace: Changing privacy concerns over time

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Personal health technologies are increasingly introduced in workplace settings. Yet little is known about workplace implementations of activity tracker use and the kind of experiences and concerns employees might have when engaging with these technologies in practice. We report on an observational study of a Danish workplace participating in a step counting campaign. We find that concerns of employees who choose to participate and those who choose not to differ. Moreover, privacy concerns of participants develop and change over time. Our findings challenge the assumption that consumers are becoming more comfortable with perceived risks associated with wearable technologies, instead showing how users can be initially influenced by the strong positive rhetoric surrounding these devices, only to be surprised by the necessity to renegotiate boundaries of disclosure in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2016 - Proceedings, 34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages5
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Publication date7 May 2016
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333627
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event34th Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2016 - San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016


Conference34th Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2016
LandUnited States
BySan Jose
SponsorACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI)
SeriesConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

    Research areas

  • Step counting, Wearable technologies, Workplace practices, privacy

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