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
Date Written: 2013
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
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