Privacy and self-disclosure online

Carina Paine, Adam N. Joinson, Tom Buchanan, Ulf Dietrich Reips

Research output: Chapter or section in a book/report/conference proceedingChapter in a published conference proceeding

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In this paper we present early results from a study which provides a detailed examination of the interaction between people's willingness to disclose personal information online and their privacy concerns and behaviors. An online survey was administered to participants in two parts using an Internet based surveying system. Part 1 of the survey measured participants' privacy concerns and behaviors. Part 2 measured participants' willingness to provide information using behavioral and dispositional measures of self-disclosure. Structural equation modeling identified two different types of privacy processes contributing to disclosure: a state process (trust and perceived privacy) and a trait process (privacy attitudes and behaviors), which were found to act independently on self disclosure. The results provide a valuable insight into people's privacy concerns and the disclosure of personal information to web sites.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI'06 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA'06
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1595932984, 9781595932983
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2006
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2006 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: 22 Apr 200627 Apr 2006


ConferenceConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2006
CityMontreal, QC


  • Privacy
  • Self-disclosure
  • Survey methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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