Faculty Advisor

Rissmiller, Kent J.


The Internet has become ingrained in daily life. As the World Wide Web expands, offering new tools and services which allow users to connect in ways never before seen, the issue of Internet privacy becomes more important than ever. The purpose of this study is to detail the construction and implementation of the Privacy Aptitude Test, a two-part exam which investigates users' knowledge of Internet privacy issues and their behavior online. Using the PAT and a brief personality test, I found that there was a positive relationship between users' knowledge of privacy issues and their behavior, and that certain personality types are associated different behaviors


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies