Misplaced Confidences Privacy and the Control Paradox

Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4(3), 340--347, 2013 https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550612455931

43 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2019 Last revised: 10 Nov 2021

See all articles by Laura Brandimarte

Laura Brandimarte

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

Alessandro Acquisti

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: 2013

Abstract

We test the hypothesis that increasing individuals’ perceived control over the release and access of private information—even information that allows them to be personally identified––will increase their willingness to disclose sensitive information. If their willingness to divulge increases sufficiently, such an increase in control can, paradoxically, end up leaving them more vulnerable. Our findings highlight how, if people respond in a sufficiently offsetting fashion, technologies designed to protect them can end up exacerbating the risks they face.

Keywords: privacy, control, paradox, behavioral economics of privacy, Web 2.0 applications

Suggested Citation

Brandimarte, Laura and Acquisti, Alessandro and Loewenstein, George F., Misplaced Confidences Privacy and the Control Paradox (2013). Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4(3), 340--347, 2013 https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550612455931, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3305325

Laura Brandimarte

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

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States

Alessandro Acquisti (Contact Author)

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

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States
412-268-9853 (Phone)
412-268-5339 (Fax)

George F. Loewenstein

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

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States
412-268-8787 (Phone)
412-268-6938 (Fax)

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
125
Abstract Views
951
rank
311,184
PlumX Metrics