Title

The Role of Privacy within the Realm of Healthcare Wearables' Acceptance and Use

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2021

Abstract

While there are definite benefits attributed to wearables, there are also notable risks, especially in the realm of security where personal information and/or activities are often accessible to third parties. Users weigh the benefits with the risks (Privacy Calculus) and often opt for the wearable device despite concern that their information may or will be disclosed (Privacy Paradox). While past research has focused on specific technologies, the paradox of disclosure despite concern for privacy has not been the primary focus, particularly regarding the manifestation of the paradox specific to the acceptance and use of healthcare wearables. The purpose of this research was to investigate the role of privacy regarding healthcare wearables’ acceptance and use. In that regard, a model integrating privacy with acceptance and use is proposed and tested, resulting in evidence of support for the presence of the privacy calculus and paradox.

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