The Privacy Box: A Software Proposal

14 First Monday (November 2009)

Posted: 4 Mar 2010 Last revised: 12 Aug 2017

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Woodrow Hartzog

Northeastern University School of Law and Khoury College of Computer and Information Sciences; Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society

Date Written: November 1, 2009

Abstract

The contradiction of social networks is that revealing personal, private information can have harmful consequences, yet users continue to disclose such information at an alarming rate. Ironically, the advent of social network sites opens the possibility of a relatively safe place to disclose private information. This article proposes a “privacy box” application to be used within social network sites that would require users to accept a pre–written promise of confidentiality before gaining access to personal information. Although it would not serve as a universal remedy for privacy harms on social network sites, it could serve to carve out a space for relatively safe self–disclosure online.

Keywords: privacy, confidentiality, online communities, social network sites, cyberlaw, technology, disclosure

Suggested Citation

Hartzog, Woodrow, The Privacy Box: A Software Proposal (November 1, 2009). 14 First Monday (November 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1564170

Woodrow Hartzog (Contact Author)

Northeastern University School of Law and Khoury College of Computer and Information Sciences ( email )

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Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society ( email )

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United States

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