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The role of privacy concerns in the sharing economy

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Internet-mediated sharing is growing quickly. Millions of users around the world share personal services and possessions with others ‐ often complete strangers. Shared goods can amount to substantial financial and immaterial value. Despite this, little research has investigated privacy in the sharing economy. To fill this gap, we examine the sharing–privacy nexus by exploring the privacy threats associated with Internet-mediated sharing. Given the popularity of sharing services, users seem quite willing to share goods and services despite the compounded informational and physical privacy threats associated with such sharing. We develop and test a framework for analyzing the effect of privacy concerns on sharing that considers institutional and social privacy threats, trust and social-hedonic as well as monetary motives.
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Keywords: Sharing; privacy; privacy calculus; privacy paradox; social media

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Communication & Culture, Nordic Centre for Internet & Society, Oslo, Norway 2: Institute of Communication and Media Studies, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

Publication date: October 3, 2018

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