TitleThe Paradoxical Value of Privacy
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsSyverson, P.
Conference Name2nd Annual Workshop on Economics and Information Security (WEIS 2003)
Conference LocationCollege Park, Maryland

We consider some common assumptions about the value placed on privacy in society. We observe that: *Contrary to popular accounts, individuals are not obviously irrational in how they value privacy. *Current governmental and economic structures do not properly place the cost of privacy, thus skewing incentives and behavior. *Security of institutions may decrease and infrastructure costs may be increased by a reduction in privacy.

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