Disclosure of Personal Information under Risk of Privacy Shocks

Francesco Feri, Caterina Giannetti, Nicola Jentzsch

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Breaches of the security of personal data collected by firms are reported almost daily. Companies are under an increasing political pressure to notify individuals whose privacy as been breached. At the moment, we know virtually nothing about the behavioral impact of data breach notifications. We present the results of an experimental study designed to investigate how breach notifications change the individual's propensity to provide sensitive personal information to firms. In contrast to the theory (where breach notifications have no behavioral effect), our main result shows that notifications induce a sub-group of individuals to disclose less information to a firm, i.e. those with personally sensitive information.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-148
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of economic behavior & organization
Early online date25 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

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