Invited Paper: A model of paradoxical privacy behavior in users and online sites

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Abstract

Recent privacy research has identified some paradoxical behavior that online users often display, such as claiming to be conservative and then actually oversharing. In particular, recent work by Brandimarte et al. [1] discussed an apparent privacy paradox in online interactions. According to the study, users tend to over-disclose private information if they perceive to have control over the disclosure of their content. In this paper, we formally explain this apparent paradox in user privacy behavior as a straightforward optimization of comfort with sharing and perceived control. We describe the interests of a social network site in managing user privacy options. Namely, a site seeks to maximize perceived user control, while managing costs associated with providing that control. Furthermore, we extend the discussion for the case of dynamic time, and study an optimal control problem for the site as it tries to allocate resources toward user privacy control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE 2nd International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing, IEEE CIC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages206-211
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509046072
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 6 2017
Event2nd IEEE International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing, IEEE CIC 2016 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: Nov 1 2016Nov 3 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2016 IEEE 2nd International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing, IEEE CIC 2016

Other

Other2nd IEEE International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing, IEEE CIC 2016
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh
Period11/1/1611/3/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Sociology and Political Science

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