Date of Original Version

2010

Type

Working Paper

Rights Management

The final publication is available at Sage via http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1948550612455931

Abstract or Description

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.

DOI

10.1177/1948550612455931

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Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 3, 340-347.