Hermstrüwer, Yoan, and Stephan Dickert (2013) Tearing the Veil of Privacy Law: An Experiment on Chilling Effects and the Right to Be Forgotten. No. 2013_15. Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, 2013.
Privacy law relies on the argument that consent does not entail any relevant impediments for the liberty of the consenting individual. Challenging this argument, we experimentally investigate whether consent to the publication of personal information in cyberspace entails self-coercion on a social norm level. Our results suggest that the monetary benefits from consent constitute a price that people are willing to accept for increased compliance with social norms.
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