Disclosure of Personal Information Under Risk of Privacy Shocks

Quaderni - Working Paper DSE N° 1055

24 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2016

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Francesco Feri

University of London

Caterina Giannetti

University of Jena; University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Nicola Jentzsch

DIW Berlin

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Date Written: August 25, 2015


Breaches of the security of personal data collected by firms are reported almost daily. Companies are under an increasing political pressure to notify individuals whose privacy as been breached. At the moment, we know virtually nothing about the behavioral impact of data breach notifications. We present the results of an experimental study designed to investigate how breach notifications change the individual’s propensity to provide sensitive personal information to firms. In contrast to the theory (where breach notifications have no behavioral effect), our main result shows that notifications induce a sub-group of individuals to disclose less information to a firm, i.e. those with personally sensitive information.

Keywords: Privacy, information sharing, data protection

JEL Classification: D43, L14, O30

Suggested Citation

Feri, Francesco and Giannetti, Caterina and Jentzsch, Nicola, Disclosure of Personal Information Under Risk of Privacy Shocks (August 25, 2015). Quaderni - Working Paper DSE N° 1055. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2736916 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2736916

Francesco Feri (Contact Author)

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Caterina Giannetti

University of Jena ( email )

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University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

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Nicola Jentzsch

DIW Berlin ( email )

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Berlin, 10117

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