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Influences on citizens’ support towards the usage of augmented reality glasses by the police

Polman, S. (2020) Influences on citizens’ support towards the usage of augmented reality glasses by the police.

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Abstract:This research explored several factors that could influence citizens’ support towards the usage of augmented reality glasses by the police. These factors consisted of different types of information (navigation, updates on crime and facial recognition) provided to the police by the glasses, police legitimacy, perceived public safety and perceived privacy violation. Participants (N=45) filled out an online questionnaire and watched a video of an officer explaining one of the three types of information his glasses provide him with. The participants were randomly assigned to one of the three conditions. The findings indicate that there is in fact no relationship between the type of information and the citizens’ support. Police legitimacy did not appear to moderate between the type of information and support and privacy and public safety perception did not appear to mediate between the two. However, facial recognition was found to increase feelings of privacy violation and this appeared to have a negative effect on support. Furthermore, a perceived increase of public safety was found to increase support. Future research involving the decrease of feelings of privacy violation and increase of the perceived public safety in order to improve support could prove valuable.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81768
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