Privacy and Human Behavior in the Age of Information

Science, 347(6221), 509--514, 2015

Posted: 6 Jan 2019 Last revised: 11 Jan 2019

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Alessandro Acquisti

Carnegie Mellon University - H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management

Laura Brandimarte

Carnegie Mellon University - H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management

George Loewenstein

Carnegie Mellon University - Department of Social and Decision Sciences

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

This Review summarizes and draws connections between diverse streams of empirical research on privacy behavior. We use three themes to connect insights from social and behavioral sciences: people’s uncertainty about the consequences of privacy-related behaviors and their own preferences over those consequences; the context-dependence of people’s concern, or lack thereof, about privacy; and the degree to which privacy concerns are malleable—manipulable by commercial and governmental interests. Organizing our discussion by these themes, we offer observations concerning the role of public policy in the protection of privacy in the information age.

Keywords: Privacy, Human Behavior, Information Age

Suggested Citation

Acquisti, Alessandro and Brandimarte, Laura and Loewenstein, George F., Privacy and Human Behavior in the Age of Information (2015). Science, 347(6221), 509--514, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3305303

Alessandro Acquisti (Contact Author)

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Laura Brandimarte

Carnegie Mellon University - H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
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George F. Loewenstein

Carnegie Mellon University - Department of Social and Decision Sciences ( email )

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