Privacy from a Saudi ArabianpPerspective: The case of students in a private university

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The aim of the study discussed in this article was to investigate the perceptions of students in a private university in Saudi Arabia regarding their understanding of privacy and the information they considered private. The study also asked these students about incidents (if any) in which their privacy at their place of study was invaded or threatened. The study then collected, based on observation, information about cases in which the privacy of students was believed to be invaded or threatened by university staff and other students. The results of this study indicate that while the students were aware of what privacy meant to them and appeared conscious of the threats to it, staff on the other hand were not aware of the students' privacy concerns as evidenced by the cases in which they violated students' privacy. After a discussion of the results of the study, the article will make a moral case for the students' right to privacy highlighting the role of the ICT professionals in protecting this right. Towards the end, the article will offer some recommendations on how to improve the situation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-53
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Information Ethics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011


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