Who knows about me? An analysis of age-related disclosure preferences

Linda Little, Pam Briggs, Lynne Coventry

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Users are increasingly willing to disclose sensitive personal information online, seemingly without great regard for privacy protection. We surveyed over 1200 people to measure user attitudes and behaviours in terms of: (i) the type and perceived sensitivity of information they regularly disclosed, and (ii) who the recipients of different types of information were. In our initial analysis of the data we have observed an interesting age-related trend: a U shaped curve whereby the youngest and oldest members of society are less protective of their privacy than the middle-aged cohort.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of HCI 2011 The 25th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
Place of PublicationSwindon
PublisherBCS Learning & Development Ltd.
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event25th BCS onference on Human Computer Interaction: Health, Wealth & Happiness - Northumbria University’s City Campus, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jul 20118 Jul 2011
Conference number: 25th

Publication series

NameElectronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
PublisherBCS Learning & Development Ltd.
ISSN (Electronic)1477-9358


Conference25th BCS onference on Human Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleHCI 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityNewcastle Upon Tyne
Internet address


  • Privacy
  • Information disclosure
  • Age


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