Gone in 15 seconds: The limits of privacy transparency and control

Alessandro Acquisti, Idris Adjerid, Laura Brandimarte

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Even simpler or more usable privacy controls and notices might not improve users' decision-making regarding sharing of personal information. Control might paradoxically increase riskier disclosure by soothing privacy concerns. Transparency might be easily muted, and its effect arbitrarily controlled, through simple framing or misdirections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6573300
Pages (from-to)72-74
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Security and Privacy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • computer privacy
  • computer security
  • online privacy
  • online security
  • privacy settings
  • transparency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Law


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