Dissertation Proposal Defense Announcement by Giovanni S. DeMeo

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Dissertation Proposal Defense Announcement by Giovanni S. DeMeo

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  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

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PERSONAL DATA PRIVACY AND PROTECTIVE FEDERAL LEGISLATION: AN EXPLORATION OF CONSTITUENT POSITIONS ON THE NEED FOR LEGISLATION TO CONTROL DATA RELIANT ORGANIZATIONS COLLECTING AND MONETIZING INTERNET-OBTAINED PERSONAL DATA

by Giovanni S. DeMeo

Abstract

      The aim of this study is to determine if U.S. voters have a desire to see federal legislation enacted to monitor and control the activities of companies that collect and sell internet acquired personally identifiable information.  One of the many businesses to grow out of the invention of the internet is the multibillion-dollar industry of collecting and monetizing highly personal information collected from virtually every individual who connects to the internet using a personal device.  Interestingly, no federal legislation currently exists to oversee or regulate how this personal data is being managed, secured, distributed, validated, or the way in which it is truly being used.  Similarly absent is the availability of research to understand how constituents feel about the importance of legislation to oversee the activities of organizations participating in the buying and selling of personally identifiable information.  In the absence of research to understand the desires of voters on this topic, as well as zero visibility into the level of priority that voters assign to such legislation, congressional representatives in Washington cannot effectively determine a position to take when presented with opportunities to propose or support internet privacy regulations.
        To contribute to understanding constituent opinions regarding a desire for legislation to monitor and control the activities of data reliant organizations, a survey instrument has been developed to gather data from a sample of the U.S. population of registered voters.  The intent of the survey is to measure participants’ responses to questions about internet collected personal data and the protection of individual privacy, within four constructs: awareness, knowledge, concern and desire.  The objective is to obtain completed surveys from 1,000 voters across six demographic factors: sex, age, education, race/ethnicity, income, and community type.  Surveys will be gathered from equal numbers of republicans and democrats in the six most populous states, attempting to gain a representative sample from each of the six demographic factor groups within both parties.  Weighting will be used to correct for any imbalance in representation, and regression techniques used to analyze variation in the four constructs.  The resulting data should provide valuable insight for federal congressional representatives.

*Note: Dissertation defense is open to USD faculty, students, staff and alumni.

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